Transnational Communications - Community of Practice ( TCCOP)
Communities of practice bring people closer together. Whether members of a group are co-located within physical proximity or meet in cyberspace virtually, they have a common interest that keeps them interacting with one another, time and time again. The paradox today is that our closest collaborators might well be tens of thousands of miles away from us and in starkly opposite time zones. The "always-on" learner is thus free to connect at any time of the day or night.
I love engaging with people from all over the world, many of them happen to be engineers as well. This love was imbued in me from my parents who migrated in the 1960s from very small villages in Greece and later connected with each other in Australia. But it also came about as a result of my employment in the mid-1990s working for a large telecommunications vendor. I did over 150 projects for Nortel Networks as a pre-sales engineer, travelling all over Asia. I was immersed in many different cultures through my work, and not coincidentally, it was also where I first heard about "communities of interest" in the context of teletraffic theory. Communities of interest when I think about it, have a lot in common with communities of practice. First comes the interest, then the practice.
I look forward to interacting with each new member who joins this community. Iloveengineering.org is not a "web site", but rather a virtual team which will develop organically and dynamically through the exchange of information that is meaningful to individuals within this community.
On the 22nd May 2014, the concept of the Transnational Communications - Community of Practice (TCCOP) was born with the aim of raising international exposure for researchers and their projects in the fields of engineering, ICT, the mathematical and physical sciences. We hope you will join us in our journey.
Katina Michael (IEEE Senior Member - Society for the Social Implications of Technology)
Community of Practice Definition:
Etinne Wenger summarises Communities of Practice (CoP) as "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. Three component are require in order to be a CoP: (1) the domain, (2) the community, and (3) the practice (Lave, J & Wenger, E, 1991 and 1998).
Community Of Practice Values:
Within our Community of Practice (TCCP) we practice the below values:
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