Collaborative Environments

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Collaborative Environments

  1. 1. Collaborative Environments<br />“Collaboration is one of the defining characteristics of the 21st century” (Cox, 2009, p. 11)<br />Stephanie A. Jones, Ph.D.<br />Instructional Technology<br />Georgia Southern University<br />
  2. 2. Collaboration is<br />Working jointly with others in some endeavor.<br />In the physical world…..<br />
  3. 3. In the virtual world…<br />
  4. 4. Collaborative Environments are<br /> “virtual workplaces where students and teachers can communicate, share information, and work together” (p. 9). <br />Picture credit: Dion Hinchcliffe, http://blogs.zdnet.com/Hinchcliffe/?p=147<br />
  5. 5. Key Attributes<br />Communication<br />Multiple users<br />Ubiquitous access<br />An out-of-school appearance (authentic)<br />Ease of use (intuitive design and function)<br />Content sharing among users<br />Portability of creative products<br />Cox, E. J. (2009). Tools for 21st-century learning. Multimedia & Internet@Schools, 16(5), 10-14. <br />
  6. 6. Benefits of Collaborative Tools<br />Fosters teamwork<br />Facilitates critical thinking<br />Crosses geographic barriers thus enabling global initiatives<br />Facilitates connections with experts<br />Facilitates review and assessment of student work<br />
  7. 7. Challenges to Implementation<br />Questions about the security of information shared online<br />Online safety; cyberbullying<br />Filtering- limiting the kinds of online content and tools that students have access to while at school<br /> Current teaching practices may not actively encourage team-based inquiry<br />
  8. 8. Collaborative environments exist in a myriad of forms: <br />Simple web-based tools for collaborative work<br />Social networking platforms<br />Classroom management systems<br />Multiplayer gaming environments<br />Virtual worlds<br />Let’s look at some learning examples.<br />
  9. 9. Voicethread<br />http://voicethread.com/#q.b307595.i1631187<br />
  10. 10. Wikispaces<br />http://nutmeg2009.sblc.wikispaces.net/MVP<br />
  11. 11. Mindmeister<br />http://www.mindmeister.com/12213323/best-online-collaboration-tools-2009-robin-good-s-collaborative-map<br />
  12. 12. Go Exploring<br />Courtesy of petaj at http://www.flickr.com/photos/54511827@N00/2157928982/sizes/o/<br />
  13. 13. Who knows where you might go!<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/oceanflynn/315385916/sizes/o/#cc_license<br />

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