PLN or CoP?

Steve Wheeler sobre las conexiones y diferencias entre Personal Learning Networks (redes personales de aprendizaje) y Communities of Practice (comunidades de aprendizaje).

One of the key differences I see between the two is that in PLNs, connections can be fairly random and interactions largely informal. Often there is a common ground such as a mutual interest or shared concern, but generally those who make up my PLN are a fairly ad hoc group of friends, colleagues, family and also those who have casually connected with me either through my instigation or theirs. In CoPs, connections are generally more deliberate, focused upon practice, often of a professional nature, and the interactions are focused largely upon the shared business of that community of practice […]