Communities of Practice (CoPs) are groups of people who share an interest in something they do and regularly interact to learn how to do it better.

At the University of Minnesota, anyone can elect to participate. Levels of participation can range from signing up to get Google Group updates to leading an Affinity Group or a CoP.

Informal CoPs may exist for any length of time and work on multiple topics or problems concurrently or sequentially as determined by their members. 

Technology Communities of Practice

Some of the technology-related iCoPs are:

  • Academic Technology - for people who share a concern or passion for Academic technology. Meets monthly. 
  • Accessibility Ambassadors - University staff who are passionate about making U of M digital resources more accessible online. They bring different skills, strengths, and backgrounds, but all want to create an inclusive and accessible community at the U.
  • Code People - an open network of UofM application developers looking to further programming skills & capacity to innovate. Meets monthly to share tools & tricks of the trade via presentations, workshops, and facilitated discussions.
  • Computer Management - a Google Group for IT professionals to discuss, develop, and collaborate on Computer Management standards across the University System.
  • Digital Accessibility Community of Practice
  • Integrating Data, Enterprise Architecture, and Applications (IDEAA) - Integrating Data, Enterprise Architecture, and Applications.
  • Net-People/Comp Sec - subscribe to browse the archive of meeting notes and get meeting invites
  • PeopleSoft SQL - join the Google group to receive meeting invitations.
  • Research Data Management -  a Google Group for researchers and on-campus service providers to discuss issues around research data management: storage, security, archiving, sharing, preservation - and beyond.
  • UMN Mass Email (Google Group) - Learn about events and initiatives relating to mass email at the University of Minnesota. 
  • University Analysts Group - meet with other Data Analysts at the University. Join the Google group to receive meeting invitations
  • Web and Tech Accessibility - a diverse group focused on improving web and tech accessibility across the U. The work of this iCoP is on
  • Women in Technology (WIT) - women and allies working to support each other, grow our professional networks, and create a more inclusive environment for women working with technology at University of Minnesota. 


Some groups also post their meeting invitations on the [email protected] Calendar

If you are a representative of an IT community group and would like to have it listed above and/or have your events posted on the [email protected] Calendar, please send an email to [email protected]