Thinking Together, Working Apart: Leveraging a Community of Practice to Facilitate Productive and Meaningful Remote Collaboration

Document Type : Perspective


1 Health Program, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, Canada

2 Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

3 Department of Sociology, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, Canada

4 University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA

5 Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA), Toronto, ON, Canada


Considering the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, scholars were encouraged to cease collocated meetings. Many researchers have turned to remote collaboration to continue group-based projects. This paper focuses on the structure, processes, and outcomes that a group of physically distanced, embedded researchers used to collaborate across Canada to produce research outputs prior to the pandemic. The intent of this paper is to provide an overview of mechanisms that can facilitate meaningful and productive remote collaboration using online and digital technologies as a feasible and effective alternative mode of communication for research teams.


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Volume 10, Issue 9
September 2021
Pages 528-533
  • Receive Date: 18 May 2020
  • Revise Date: 29 June 2020
  • Accept Date: 29 June 2020
  • First Publish Date: 01 September 2021