Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice (CoPs) are groups of practitioners who “share a passion for something they know how to do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better” (Wenger, 2015). They provide spaces for critical discussion, interdisciplinarity, learner-centered thinking, and social innovation to take place. Participants can share ideas and suggestions, and engage in dialogue relevant to their specific areas of academic interest. CTLT assists CoPs by providing events support, logistics, and room bookings.

Anyone with an interest in teaching and learning can join a Community of Practice. Each CoP has a different structure and flow of events – the best way to get involved is to email one of the coordinators below, or sign up for the CTLT Events Newsletter and attend a meeting in person. Any further questions or concerns can be sent to

Active Communities of Practice

Arts in Health Research (AHR) CoP
Coordinator: Gloria Puurveen, Susan Cox

Contract Faculty CoP
Coordinators: Sarika Bose, Janey Lew, Judy Chan

UBC Digital Media Community of Practice
Coordinator: UBC Studios

Instructional Design CoP
Coordinator: Afsaneh Sharif
Website: Instructional Design CoP website

Managing at UBC Alumni CoP
Coordinator: Tara Martin

TA Training CoP
Coordinator: Shaya Golparian

Teaching and Wellbeing CoP
Faculty leads: Michael Lee, Gail Hammond

Dormant Communities of Practice

Aboriginal Initiatives CoP
Community Service Learning CoP
Course Design CoP
Interdisciplinary CoP
International Learning Programs CoP
Instructional Skills Workshop CoP
Library Outreach and Engagement CoP
New Faculty CoP
Open Education CoP
Peer Review of Teaching CoP
Portfolio CoP
Problem Based Learning Network CoP
Professing English CoP
Qualitative Data Analysis Groups CoP
Sustainability Across the Curriculum Working Group CoP
Teaching and Learning for the Heart and Mind CoP
Team-Based Learning CoP

Resources for Facilitators

If you are interested in starting a Community of Practice, or if you are currently facilitating one, these resources may be of use to you.

Jointly Developed Resources

Other Resources