Tool 6: using Online Communities of Practice

The nature of teaching means that time away from classes can disrupt progression in children’s learning. The location of schools means that teachers may be  large distances away from colleagues with similar interests and concerns.

Online collaboration we suggest is the only way to over come this isolation.

We welcome a collaboration with the Knowledge Hub which provides online community workspaces for  public sector organisations. While you will find the online communities the Education Connects section are currently UK centric, that is because the development and testing has been done in the UK but the site is now open to colleagues around the world.

We have established an Education Futures Collaboration Open Door Meeting Place can be found here.  for anyone interested in MESH and the associated projects of the Education Futures Collaboration Charity.

We were previously using the Education Communities website but from 1 January 2015, all online collaboration will be via the Public Sector Knowledge Hub .

The Knowledge Hub (KHUB) provides online communities for a number of public sector organisations and has a team dedicated to supporting this way of working. KHUB has been developed by the same team who originally developed the Education Communities software and we are pleased to be working with them again.

 The software works in a very similar way to the earlier Education Communities software that we had.

You may find the following information of use:

For further queries, contact Mention that you are part of the Education Futures Collaboration and MESH initiatives.


Marilyn Leask

Chair Education Futures Collaboration


Mailing address: Education Futures Collaboration c/- Prof. Marilyn Leask, University of Bedfordshire, Polhill Campus, Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK. MK40 9EA. Tel +44 756 852 0447. E: