In summary, the extent which formative evaluation results are collected, distilled and acted upon by community mangers may determine the sustained success of their online community of practice. Ongoing evaluation helps community leaders take targeted actions to increase cycles of participation and contribution to collaborative learning and knowledge sharing activities by members. Ultimately, effective evaluation followed by responsive management can help community members transform their practice.

For more information on online communities, and recommendations on how to make them more effective, see the other Connected Online Communities of Practice briefs, including:

Connect and Inspire: Online Communities of Practice in Education

Online Communities for Educators: Guidelines for Planning and Implementation

Technology for Online Communities of Practice

And be sure to visit and contribute to Connected Online Communities of Practice, the website and community for education/educator communities of practice.

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