Implementing a Communities of Practice model to enhance learning and teaching at a transnational university in China.

Henk Huijser, James Wilson, Dawn Johnson, Jianmei Xie


In this paper, we present a case study of a communities of practice (CoP) model (Lave & Wenger, 1998) to enhance learning and teaching at a transnational university in China. A communities of practice model was chosen as an alternative to a centrally designed workshop model, whereby academic staff attend a series of workshops on offer and their attendance is ticked off. A communities of practice model was seen as a potentially more organic and bottom-up approach to professional development and learning, as opposed to a more centralised and top-down approach. This case study reports on the conceptualisation and initial implementation phases of this model at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, a joint venture between Xian Jiaotong University in China, and Liverpool University in the UK.


Community of Practice, Educational Development, Transnational Education, Professional Development, Organisational Learning

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