International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Chief Instructor

Nigel O.M. Brissett, Ed.D


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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