Recap 1. How to Facilitate Online Teacher Communities and Networks: Diego Boada


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A network is not a Rosca

Event 1 took place online on May 28, 2021, and we launched the Nariño Tesol Network project with Dr. Diego Boada, who stole the screen to share his findings from a research on Communities of Practice (CoP). He started by highlighting the importance of networks over the “rosca” culture, a term used in Colombia to refer to nepotist behavior.

Community of Practice and Network

Then we learned about what a CoP is and how different it is from a network before getting to know the specifics of his research on online teacher CoPs. This work was his doctoral dissertation which you can access at the beginning of this post.

Social Network Analysis

His study was carried out through the Social Network Analysis (SNA) paradigm, which, in short, studies fenomena based on social structures instead of individual attributes. In this way, he brought up a lot of insight into how teachers perceive CoPs, such as their interest in being benefitted with instructional resources or their preference to being in a community with face-to-face interaction. You can find such results in the event’s full video.

Recommendations for a Community

Diego recommends that, in order to build up a community or network, we need to focus on making significant connections and create spaces for participation and information flow, but it is also important to facilitate collective trust and commitment by means of example and norms. This way we can grow as a community with a shared identity and collaborative behavior.

Positive Competition

After his presentation, some of the audience participated by making comments or questions and one of the topics that was brought up was how networking can be a great way to lessen negative competition behavior in our field.


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Questions for you: Have you been part of a CoP? Do you think it is important for teachers to be part of a CoP? Which benefits would draw your attention from a CoP? (feel free to answer in any language in the comment section below)

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