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  • A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a common concern, a set of problems, or an interest in a topic and who come together to fulfill both individual and group goals.
  • Communities of practice often focus on sharing best practices and creating new knowledge to advance a domain of professional practice. Interaction on an ongoing basis is an important part of this.
  • Many communities of practice rely on face-to-face meetings as well as web-based collaborative environments to communicate, connect and conduct community activities.
Defined by Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium (ERLC)

CCC- CSU Nursing Program Collaborative


Dental Hygiene


Dental Assistant


Home Health Aide


Health Information Technology


Licensed Vocational Nurse


Medical Assistant


Pharmacy Technician


Pre-Certified Nurse Assistant


Radiology Technology



The resources and definition of communities of practice found on this site were developed by the ERLC, a member of Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia (ARPDC), as a result of funding from Alberta Education, to support implementation.