International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Date of Award

5-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Chief Instructor

Nigel O.M. Brissett, Ed.D

Abstract

The purpose of this Practitioner’s paper is to develop a clear understanding of the basic elements needed for a successful online community of practice. I will explore what The Center for Victims of Torture’s New Tactics (NT) in Human Rights program is currently doing, distinguish effective-based best practices and offer recommendations to the program as to what they could improve to support the vision of a thriving online community of practice. This paper draws on both literature focusing on communities of practice, as well as my experience working with the NT program. I conclude that for as many participants who consider the NT program a community of practice, the same amount of participants disagreed or had a neutral opinion due to their definition or a lack of knowledge of communities of practice.

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