In opening this illustrious article I would like to highlight some of the various advantages of using “communities of practice” not only in your school; but also how they are beneficial in work and even your everyday life while interacting with others related in common interests. This concept brings forth many different advantages because when bringing other individuals into the equation you are not only sharing your own thoughts and ideas but having the opportunity to hear what others have to say about what you think and get to expand your realm of ideas with all their knowledge and input on a similar subject. Further leading into brainstorming sessions between fellow co-workers or classmates to expand on the ever-growing amount of information out there to be taken in and absorbed by whomever wants to get out there and learn. By combining different learning types of people with the different study and learning methods people are provided in today’s world we are able to learn and grow at quite the accelerated pace from past generations.
So as I reflect into how this is going to effect my career and life involving graphic and web design my mind is overwhelmed with the amount of possibilities just at my fingertips. It’s quite extraordinary to have such accessibility to so much information for free and supported with facts instead of the flimsy information channels the web provided you as a user in its earlier years. So many professionals dismissed major avenues of information sharing because they thought it would become obsolete or was never needed to begin with, and in the beginning I can see where this thought process could have grown from. But after the short amount of time I personally have been expanding my resources of information gathering it would be naive to dismiss any community of practice environment whether it be new or old.
It was so greatly worded by Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger is that communities of practice are everywhere and that we are generally involved in a number of them – whether that is at work, school, home, or in our civic and leisure interests. So as one may expect that the end result whether it be professional or pleasure that everyday any active member of society uses communities of practice and I believe it is nothing but headed in the right direction. So as any web savvy person should be excited in the great advances our society has made as a whole, most of it has been done together with out the labels in the past, and way before the web.