What is a Community of Practice?

 “Groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.”

Wenger-Trayner, 2015

Cohort-based programs, where faculty come together several times during the semester, can have meaningful impacts on helping build community, networks and knowledge.

Communities of practice were first defined in 1991 by Lave & Wenger, and have grown in their popularity and application since that time.  In educational settings, CoPs have become powerful models for growth and change in higher education.  They help to build community, provide a sense of belonging, enhance cross-discipline collaboration, and promote knowledge and innovation.

The topics of exploration and discussion are driven by the interests and needs of participating faculty.

A primary value of these communities is shared knowledge. Though informal, CoPs are most effective when participants participate in sustained interactions, either face to face or virtual. 

When you register for a CoP you are registering for all events in the series – so please mark your calendars and plan accordingly! 

Fall 2023 Communities of Practice


Past Communities of Practice

Fall 23

Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Community of Practice

Racial Equity Fellows Learning Community on Teaching (REFLeCT)

Teaching at UMaine for New Faculty

Teaching Observation Partnership

Teaching & Observing in Active Learning Classrooms

Teaching & Learning with AI

Spring 23

Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Community of Practice

Racial Equity Fellows Learning Community on Teaching (REFLeCT)

Grappling with Group Work

Fall 22

New Faculty Community of Practice on Teaching

Digital Equity & E-Inclusion Community of Practice

Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Community of Practice

Racial Equity Fellows Learning Community on Teaching (REFLeCT)

Equity-Fostering Syllabus Discussion Group

Spring 22

Assessing Assessments

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Journal Club

Racial Equity Fellows Learning Community on Teaching

Equity-Fostering Syllabus Working Group

Lecturer’s Learning Circle

Fall 21

Digital Equity & E-Inclusion Community of Practice 

Racial Equity Fellows Learning Community on Teaching

Teaching Check-Ins

Online Teaching and Learning

Grading and Equity

Science of Learning

Prior Years

Part-time/Adjunct Faculty

Large Enrollment Courses

Fundamentals of College Teaching

Active Learning Strategies

Active Learning Strategies for Online Teaching

Teaching with Equity in Mind

International Teaching Assistants

Online Teaching and Learning

New Faculty Seminar

Department Specific Communities of Practice