Collaborative Environments “Collaboration is one of the defining characteristics of the 21st century” (Cox, 2009, p. 11) Stephanie A. Jones, Ph.D. Instructional Technology Georgia Southern University
Collaboration is Working jointly with others in some endeavor. In the physical world…..
In the virtual world…
Collaborative Environments are “virtual workplaces where students and teachers can communicate, share information, and work together” (p. 9). Picture credit: Dion Hinchcliffe, http://blogs.zdnet.com/Hinchcliffe/?p=147
Key Attributes Communication Multiple users Ubiquitous access An out-of-school appearance (authentic) Ease of use (intuitive design and function) Content sharing among users Portability of creative products Cox, E. J. (2009). Tools for 21st-century learning. Multimedia & Internet@Schools, 16(5), 10-14.
Benefits of Collaborative Tools Fosters teamwork Facilitates critical thinking Crosses geographic barriers thus enabling global initiatives Facilitates connections with experts Facilitates review and assessment of student work
Challenges to Implementation Questions about the security of information shared online Online safety; cyberbullying Filtering- limiting the kinds of online content and tools that students have access to while at school Current teaching practices may not actively encourage team-based inquiry
Collaborative environments exist in a myriad of forms: Simple web-based tools for collaborative work Social networking platforms Classroom management systems Multiplayer gaming environments Virtual worlds Let’s look at some learning examples.