This triggered my response, which I’m reposting here.
Agree that distinguishing between team and community is important. Not sure if learning in teams is stronger:
People in teams have a natural drive to learn – they learn in order to get things done. But after “things are done” (e.g. a project is over) the motivation to learn from past experiences is much lower, because “new things” call for “new learning”.
“Doing” focus of teams creates another problem for learning – lack of time to stop, look back and reflect (more).
Summarising I would say that teams create better conditions for “learning while doing” (implicit learning) and learning directly related to the task, but they don’t provide enough time and motivation for reflection and “learning beyond task focus” (e.g. learning more about a field to prepare for a future job).
Tags: communities, informal learning, learning vs. doing, meta-learning