Background

Knowledge Management Education Forum is an open community of individuals and organizations who are interested in advancing knowledge management education and professional status. For those new to the KMEF community, you can find the archives at Webinar Archives
Phase 1 (online webinars by thought leaders) and Phase 2 (panels and interactive discussions) of KMEF raised important questions about the future direction of knowledge management profession – including functions and roles and responsibilities, competencies, model curricula, credentialing and certification. What are impressive are the inclusive, thoughtful, considerate, consultative, open and well-grounded discussions that have transpired in the first two phases. KMEF Phase 3 continues this dialog and this positive tone of the conversation.
The KMEF enters Phase 3 – expanding and supporting Communities of Practice (CoPs) -- to address the key questions identified by KMEF participants. Four initial Communities of Practice are forming and we invite you to join or monitor the community events and activities. Several individuals have stepped up to support the Communities of Practice and their contact information can be found on the wikis for the Cops. The four CoPs are listed below with their url’s:
  • Knowledge Management Functions, Roles and Responsibilities
  • Knowledge Management Competencies
  • Knowledge Management Model Curricula and Courses
  • Knowledge Management Credentialing and Certification

Each of the Communities of Practice has a “space” on the KM@KSU wiki where they can cultivate their community and determine how best to carry forward the discussions that began in Spring, 2011. Wiki support will include support for online meetings, open or community-focused webinars, listservs for discussions, a collaboration environment, and very shortly – document stores.
Expectations for Participation and Ways of Working: Anyone, anywhere, regardless of their credentials and experience can join this discussion. Progress is made incrementally and as a group effort. In true KM fashion, each community defines its own conventions and ways of working. In general, communities are encouraged to seek broad input and to promote their work to the larger KM community. Similarly, communities are encouraged to reference, integrate, build upon and synthesize existing thought and knowledge. A draft “Guiding Principles (GP)” document should be provided to each community as a starting point. Each community can expand or edit the GP’s to suit their conventions. Each community should publish its own GP’s as a first activity.
Expectations for Results:The most important result of the communities of practice is to continue and sustain the dialog that began in March 2011.
There are two formal outputs expected from each community:
(1) A briefing to the larger KMEF community no later than end November, 2011 on the state of the community’s work; and
(2) The key questions and issues that should be carried forward for KMEF 2012. At that time, communities can decide to renew their activities, or disband.
As the communities move forward, new issues and questions will come up. New Communities of Practice can be formed at any time as long as they are focused on education for Knowledge Management.