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LinguisTech's Community of Practice

Published by info@crtl.ca on 2011-11-30

WHAT IS A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE?

 

A community of practice is a new and alternative way of learning and expanding a field through collaborative discussions and contributions. It brings together a variety of people with common interests and provides them with a medium to interact, learn, grow and share. Communities of practice revolve around three key concepts:

domain

-These communities consist of people who are committed to the same field and want to develop new ways of approaching it while expanding their experience.

community

-Members of the community take part in activities and discussions to develop knowledge in the field and form relationships to help one another in learning about the domain.

practice

-Members foster the growth of the domain by sharing a vast array of resources, such as experiences, stories, tools and solutions to problems.

 

AN INNOVATIVE STRUCTURE

Communities of practice offer a way for people to keep pace with a field’s development while also accelerating it. In a community of practice, users (or “practitioners”) are not limited by the traditional formal structure, so they can connect with people from various organizations and places.

Communities of practice offer a place for individuals looking to:

  • seek experience;
  • find information;
  • share resources;
  • coordinate and interact;
  • discuss development;
  • identify gaps;
  • solve problems.

 

A NEW WAY OF LEARNING

Communities of practice offer a different approach to learning. They encourage the concept that learning is social; people learn through their daily experiences and further their learning by sharing observations with others. Practitioners share a collection of  ideas, experiences and interests to gather an accumulated knowledge of the community. This exchange helps build relationships and develop areas of the field that really matter to its members.

 

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Communities of practice establish a direct link between learning and performance by applying understanding and experience to the field. In a community setting, learning goes beyond the textbook:

-internally: practitioners enrich their learning through practice and experience within the community.

-externally: practitioners can extend their knowledge beyond one community and cross over into others.

-over a lifetime: practitioners can continue to build on their field and create a profound impact through their contributions.

 

COLLABORATION AND INNOVATION

Communities of practice are centred on sharing. Users take a collective responsibility for managing the ideas coming into and going out of the community -  the more involved a user becomes in the community, the larger the role that user takes on. This does not simply mean being engaged in local events or specific activities. It means being active in all the practices of the community and therefore facilitating collective learning.i

 

WITH LINGUISTECH, TAKING PART IS AS EASY AS 1, 2, 3!

LinguisTech, your online resource for anything related to language technologies, is adding its own virtual community to the mix. Through three easy steps, you can experience a new way to chat with other language professionals and keep in touch with the latest in the language industry. Simply:

  1. Sign up – Subscribe to LinguisTech services to access its Community of Practice, Online Tools, and much more
  2. Get in – Access the Virtual Community through LinguisTech’s Get Talking zone
  3. Go – Start talking, asking questions and getting involved by networking with other language professionals and start the discussion in the blog, forums and the Community of Practice section!

 

The language industry is constantly evolving and it is becoming more and more difficult to keep up. Do not get left behind. Instead, get in on the action and stay up to date on the latest innovations that the language sector has to offer by taking part in the Community.

 

FIND A SOLUTION

How often have you come across a software problem that leaves you stumped? With the Virtual Community, you no longer have to struggle for an answer—just ask! Whether you are having technical difficulties or translation troubles, you can post in our forums and have access to the opinions and know-how of students and professionals facing the exact same problems.

 

KEEP UP TO DATE

Communities of practice are all about keeping you in touch with what’s new. One of the key advantages of LinguisTech is that it is updated on a regular basis to reflect new developments in the language industry.1

 

TALK TO OTHER STUDENTS AND PROFESSIONALS

LinguisTech caters to a vast range of language professionals. So whether you are looking for a way into the job market, brainstorming over a translation or just looking for different opinions, you can use the Community of Practice as your starting point.

 

SHARE IDEAS

Found a trick to that new program? Have an idea that you would like to discuss with other language professionals? Pass it on! Use the Community of Practice to get the word out. Share your experiences and tips to help others and the field itself grow.

 

PARTICIPATE

It’s called a community for a reason. LinguisTech’s Community of Practice makes you far more than just a user; you become part of something much bigger. With the many different ways you can get involved, you can contribute however and whenever you can.

 

SAVE TIME

Centralization—that is one of LinguisTech’s focal points. LinguisTech is quick and simple! Do what you need to get done with only a few clicks instead of wasting time doing countless internet searches looking for answers. The Virtual Community offers a series of tools that allows you to find what you are looking for without having to browse the Web for hours.

 

GLOBALIZE

LinguisTech is currently available all across Canada, so you can find answers from language professionals across the country. With a potential global market, LinguisTech will be making its debut on the world stage. Just log in to the Community of Practice and connect to individuals around the globe.

 

Take advantage of being part of the Virtual Community and use these three sections to get on your way…

         

 

Get talking with the virtual community !

Share what you know, ask what you don’t…

 


1For more information on the language industry, visit AILIA’s website at http://www.ailia.ca.(external link)

iWenger, Etienne. Communities of practice: a brief introduction. . June 2006.