The website presents and informs the work of the Connected Online Communities of Practice project. A primary way you can get involved in the project is through this site, itself an online community of practice for anyone interested in online communities of practice in education.

On this site you can:

  • Comment on the draft report. The report reflects the project team’s understanding of what we know and what we need to know about online communities of practice in education. We will be improving the report over the course of the project, and we need your help. Please share you suggestions, critiques, and, most importantly, your examples.
  • Comment on the briefs. This site also includes briefs written by project staff for the use of online community designers, managers, and moderators. More briefs will be written, and the existing ones will be revised throughout the project. Your feedback will help ensure they are both maximally and comprehensively informed.
  • Comment on the ideas and add your own. Throughout the project, project team members, members of the technical working group, and other leaders in the field will share ideas about innovative practice in the innovations section of the site. You can comment on these ideas and use the IdeaScale widget to rate them or to suggest your own.
  • Suggest other kinds of content and interactions you would like to see or contribute.

Beyond this site, you can become involved through:

  • Joining one of our communities. Our first community,, which focuses on innovative approaches to access to technology, was launched March 15, 2011 and is open to all.
  • Talking with us about more in-depth collaboration. The project team continues to look for organizations with which to partner on communities, testbeds, and case studies. If you would like to discuss working with us, please contact Darren Cambridge at

More detailed information about the project is available on the About page.