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Etienne Wenger-Trayner - Keynote Speaker


Etienne Wenger-Trayner is the keynote speaker for UCL’s Teaching and Learning Conference 2014. He is internationally renowned for his research on how we learn from the people we work alongside. Staff and students researching and learning together form, in Wenger-Trayner’s terms, a community of practice. Communities of practice are ‘groups of people informally bound together by shared expertise and passion for a joint enterprise’ (Wenger 2000).
In his keynote Wenger-Trayner will consider how the concept of communities of practice can be used to nurture the development of the Provost’s vision of ‘research-based’ learning at UCL.
Wenger-Trayner's expertise as a teacher, researcher and public speaker places him in a unique position to contribute to our thinking around research-based education. 

Wenger, E and Snyder, W. 2000 Communities of practice: the organizational frontier. Harvard Business Review. January-February 2000, pp. 139-145.

'What is a Community of Practice?'

Watch this video to hear Etienne Wenger-Trayner's explanation of a community of practice.