CWS is a national non-profit partnership of Business and Labour funded by HRSDC, whose mission is to improve the practice of workplace learning in Canada. Don is a member of CWS, and has been advocating for a focused community of practice strategy for several years.
CWS management engaged Don to survey their membership and develop a strategy document for an online community of practice. Don validated this document with an advisory committee and developed a costed plan for implementation using the Mahara eportfolio platform which was approved and the system was launched on May 30, 2011.
Activities included conducting Internet research, preparing, administering and analyzing the member survey, interviewing advisory committee members in depth, writing and revising the strategy document, selecting the technical platform, overseeing installation, configuring online navigation, seeding content, developing training video tutorials and delivering hands-on orientation sessions.
Tools have included telephone/Skype recordings, Microsoft Office, Survey Monkey and Mahara. Deliverables included one survey, one strategy document with multiple revisions and a working community platform called The Centre Online.