Communities of Practice

Interested in a Community of Practice?

Communities of Practice (CoPs) are groups of practitioners who “share a passion for something they know how to do and who interact regularly to learn how to do it better” (Wenger, 2015).

Consider joining our Connecting Group -  a google group for instructors and faculty at Lakehead University to connect with each other about teaching and learning.

Contact if you're interested in creating a community of practice.

Ontario Open Library Network (OOLN)

The Ontario Open Library Network (OOLN) is a space for librarians, faculty, students, instructional designers, and educational technologists to exchange ideas, get support, and find guidelines and templates for facilitating your Open Education work within and outside of Pressbooks. OOLN will also be our main channel for quick Pressbooks support.

Learn more about OOLN by visiting, or jump right in the Slack Channel here:!  

"OOLN is a community initiative powered by eCampusOntario to steward the growth of Open Education at Ontario Colleges and Universities."

Helping the Writing-Stalled Professor

Decorative: A cube with "Writer's" written on one of its faces and "Block" written on another


"Aiding the Writing-Stalled Professor" (online article) argues that “the most direct way to improve academic life for students, faculty members, and administrators is to support faculty writing … [with] books, workshops, confidential consultations, and, most important, writing groups.”

Besides 12 book recommendations, the article (and sidebar) offers “some guiding principles for creating an effective faculty writing program,” each point being elaborated further in the article:

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