SecondLife as a learningenvironment New media & Society Marina Jelen and Marko Orel
Methodsemployedforsecuringandassesingresources + proceduresofcollaboration Zotero Mendeley One Note Skype E-mails Google Chat Zotero
Skype: Most of our communication was made via Skype, simply because it enables synchronous and asynchronous communication , that is fast and without interruption. The collaboration through Skype was simple and natural, with no technological problems, partly because both of use are familiar with it and were using it before.
E-mails, Google Chat and Zotero: We communicated by emails as well and used Google talk application in our Google mails. For the purposes of the research project we formed a group inZotero, where we uploaded several materials, drafts and notes.
Reference managamentsoftwares – Mendeley and Zotero: We added our literature and recourses into two reference manager software’s – Mendeley and Zotero. The first one resulted very useful, easy to use and practical, mostly because has the web and also the desktop version.Importing the material into the Mendeley was not a problem at all, the program did it all by itself.
All the material uploaded was well organized, the software supports even the PDF files. The lovely part is that the software is compatible with Word and Open Office, which means that it is really easy to insert a citation (you can even chose a style that fits the user’s needs) or a whole bibliography.
On the other hand Zotero program allowed us to form a group and to add material easily into the software and a group, the sharing of the material was also enabled, which was great for the purposes of our assignment. The Zotero application was installed also in the right down corner of the default browser that was really convenient. The only thing we didn’t like about it was the fact that material was not automatically sorted and organized as it was in Mendeley.
One Note: We also used the One Note software, because we found it very useful for the purpose of this assignment. Instead of printing the documents and then highlighting the main ideas and interesting part with a marker, we copied the document into One Note and used pens, highlighters, lines, borders and colors, also the tags and other tools, to point out the main facts and ideas of the document.