Communication and collaboration via the Internet has risen to great prominence in recent years, especially with the rise of social networking, Web 2.0 and virtual worlds. Many interesting and worthwhile studies have been conducted on the technology involved and the way it is used and shaped by its user communities. From some of the more popular coverage of these interactions, it might be thought that these are new phenomena. However, they draw on a rich heritage of technologies and interactions. Online communication and collaboration presents a very timely set of articles that cover a range of different perspectives upon these themes, both classic and contemporary. It is unusually broad in the range of technologies it considers - many books on these topics cover only a few forms of collaboration technology - and in considering well-established technologies as well as recent ones. It blends academic and popular articles to combine scholarly rigour with readability. The book is divided into eight sections, covering the foundations of online communication and collaboration, together with current collaboration technologies such as wikis, instant messaging, virtual worlds and social network sites. These modern communication tools are considered in terms of their interactions but also looking back at lessons to be learnt from their technological 'ancestors'. The book also contains an extended case study of online collaboration, taking open-source software as its example. Online communication and collaboration will be of relevance in a wide range of higher education courses in fields related to soft computing, information systems, cultural and media studies, and communications theory.
What is the appropriate role of technology in teaching and learning environments? In this collection of essays, technology is described as an enabler. The contributing authors explain and analyze the ways in which they have incorporated interactive technologies into their instructional practices and curriculum. Each of these case studies provides readers with a frame for understanding the relationships between technology and the processes of communicating and learning in instructional settings. This book provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of the human communication issues that must be addressed in higher education as interactive technologies evolve and continue to impact instructional design and practice. It is organized into three sections: the first, Program Development for Distance Education, presents the authors' efforts to adapt and develop graduate degree programs for distance education; the second, Professional Collaborative Endeavors: Teaching Across the Distance, examines courses taught in audio/video environments as well as online team-taught courses; the third, Creating Online Learning Communities: A Focus on Communication and Student-Centered Learning in Virtual Classrooms, describes the tools and objective involved in creating online learning communities. Written for faculty, administrators, graduate students, and scholars in higher education, this book is a useful guide for anyone with a particular interest in communication and collaborative learning in the online environment.
The digital age has introduced a deeper sense of connectivity in business environments. By relying more heavily on current technologies, organizations now experience more effective communication and collaboration opportunities. Online Collaboration and Communication in Contemporary Organizations is a critical scholarly resource that identifies the new practices and techniques for leading, knowledge sharing, and learning through the use of online collaboration. Featuring coverage on a broad range of topics such as online leadership, intercultural competence, and e-ethics, this book is geared toward professionals, managers, and researchers seeking current research on new practices for online collaboration and communication.
Telementoring in the K-12 Classroom: Online Communication Technologies for Learning provides the latest research and the best practices in the field of telementoring. Theoretical and pragmatic viewpoints on telementoring provide guidance to professionals wanting to inform their practice. A solid base of telementoring information and an expansive vision of this practice combine to promote the understanding and successful implementation of telementoring.
To advance in today's workplace requires virtual team skills. Most individuals assume their face-to-face skills will translate, but competency with virtual communication and teamwork requires an entirely new set of skills. This book guides readers down the path to success. • Explains how virtual communication has significantly changed the way people interact and rewritten many aspects of the "rulebook" on how business is done • Defines how team dynamics change when the interaction shifts from in-person to electronic and how to correct for these tendencies to avoid unintended offense or misunderstanding • Instructs readers on building trust, addressing fairness, and dealing with conflict in an online environment • Provides relevant, instructive anecdotes based on the experiences of dozens of managers, allowing readers to learn from their real-world successes (and disasters)
Students in traditional as well as online classrooms need more than grades from their instructors—they also need meaningful feedback to help bridge their academic knowledge and skills with their daily lives. With the increasing number of online learning classrooms, the question of how to consistently assess online learning has become increasingly pressing. However, providing such feedback through distance education presents complex challenges that instructors must understand in order to successfully teach and dialog with their students. Assessing Online Learning focuses on assessment as an integral part of learning. Building upon the paradigms and constructivist learning model established in Communication and Collaboration in the Online Classroom: Examples and Applications (2002), this collection offers an assortment of tools and strategies for evaluating learning and instructional design in online classrooms. Both conceptual and practical, this book addresses the salient issues of assessment and offers a variety of assessment tools and strategies for online classrooms and programs, such as self-assessment tools for students to evaluate their progress toward their final products, instruments in which teams can evaluate their progress and contributions, and specific tools and strategies for assessing students' critical thinking and writing skills in electronic discussion boards and in similar reflective writing environments. Written for faculty, administrators, scholars, and researchers in higher education, this book will be a valuable resource to anyone with a particular interest in the topic of assessment and online learning.
Online communities are among the most obvious manifestations of social networks based on new media technology. Facilitating ad-hoc communication and leveraging collective intelligence by matching similar or related users have become important success factors in almost every successful business plan. Researchers are just beginning to understand virtual communities and collaborations among participants currently proliferating across the world. Virtual Communities, Social Networks and Collaboration covers cutting edge research topics of utmost real-world importance in the specific domain of social networks. This volume focuses on exploring issues relating to the design, development, and outcomes from electronic groups and online communities, including: - The implications of social networking, - Understanding of how and why knowledge is shared among participants, - What leads to participation, effective collaboration, co-creation and innovation, - How organizations can better utilize the potential benefits of communities in both internal operations, marketing, and new product development.
Catch Google Wave, the revolutionary Internet protocol and web service that lets you communicate and collaborate in realtime. With this book, you'll understand how Google Wave integrates email, instant messaging (IM), wiki, and social networking functionality into a powerful and extensible platform. You'll also learn how to use its features, customize its functions, and build sophisticated extensions with Google Wave's open APIs and network protocol. Written for everyone -- from non-techies to ninja coders -- Google Wave: Up and Running provides a complete tour of this complex platform. You'll quickly work with the Google Wave Client, the app that lets users participate and collaborate on waves, and learn how to augment waves with gadgets and robots. In the process, you'll appreciate why Google Wave offers a great new model for online communication and collaboration. Become thoroughly familiar with Google Wave, including its structure, key concepts, and terminology Get a hands-on introduction to the APIs and resources that will help you develop on this platform Learn how to use Google Wave's APIs to develop your own gadgets and robots, and to embed waves on web pages Discover through use cases how Google Wave offers consumers a distinct advantage over current communication and collaboration technologies
Globalization, Standards and Professionalism in Times of Change
Author: Tony Townsend,Richard Bates
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
This book provides a wide-ranging review of the current state of teacher education, with contributions by an international group of teacher educators. It focuses on issues confronting teacher educators today and in the coming decade, including the impact of globalization on the profession of teaching, and the need for teacher education to adapt to changing accountability requirements, and establish a set of minimum standards that qualify a person to teach.
Online Learning in Music: Foundations, Frameworks, and Practices offers fresh insights into the growth of online learning in music, perspectives on theoretical models for design and development of online courses, principles for good practice in online education, and an agenda for future research. Author Judith Bowman provides a complete overview of online education in music, including guidelines and accreditation standards for online instruction as well as a look at current research on online learning in music. She also explores several theoretical models for online course design, development, and implementation, before presenting a creative approach to online course design, both for fully online and also for blended courses. As a whole, the book challenges stereotypical views of professors as "sage on the stage" or "guide on the side," characterizing the online professor instead as Director of Learning. Necessary reading for all who work in online learning in music, it also suggests important ways both to prevent problems and also to resolve those that do arise.
This resource book provides a range of practical, innovative ideas to promote active learning online. It will offer teachers, trainers, and course writers a selection of ready-made, adaptable activities which can be used as a basis of elearning activity on a course or as a departure point for development, independent work and/or discussion. Sections of the book will include Resources for Building Confidence, Resources for Learning to Learn Online, Resources for Assessment and Active Learning Online. Each section will be prefaced by a general theoretical overview and suggestions for further reading and personal action research.
Competitive Advantage through Collaborative Innovation Networks
Author: Peter A. Gloor
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Business & Economics
Swarm Creativity introduces a powerful new concept-Collaborative Innovation Networks, or COINs. Its aim is to make the concept of COINs as ubiquitous among business managers as any methodology to enhance quality and competitive advantage. The difference though is that COINs are nothing like other methodologies. A COIN is a cyberteam of self-motivated people with a collective vision, enabled by technology to collaborate in achieving a common goal--n innovation-by sharing ideas, information, and work. It is no exaggeration to state that COINs are the most productive engines of innovation ever. COINs have been around for hundreds of years. Many of us have already been a part of one without knowing it. What makes COINs so relevant today, though is that the concept has reached its tipping point-thanks to the Internet and the World Wide Web. This book explores why COINS are so important to business success in the new century. It explains the traits that characterize COIN members and COIN behavior. It makes the case for why businesses ought to be rushing to uncover their COINs and nurture them, and provides tools for building organizations that are more creative, productive and efficient by applying principles of creative collaboration, knowledge sharing and social networking. Through real-life examples in several business sectors, the book shows how to leverage COINs to develop successful products in R & D, grow better customer relationships, establish better project management, and build higher-performing teams. In short, this book answers four key questions: Why are COINs better at innovation? What are the key elements of COINs? Who are the people that participate in COINs and how do they become members? And how does an organization transform itself into a Collaborative Innovation Network?
Social Interaction, Language Use, and Learning Japanese
Author: Sarah E. Pasfield-Neofitou
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Online Communication in a Second Language examines the use of social computer mediated communication (CMC) with speakers of Japanese via longitudinal case studies of up to four years. Through the analysis of over 2000 blogs, emails, videos, messages, games, and websites, in addition to interviews with learners and their online contacts, the book explores language use and acquisition via contextual resources, repair, and peer feedback. The book provides insight into relationships online, and the influence of perceived 'ownership' of online spaces by specific cultural or linguistic groups. It not only increases our understanding of online interaction in a second language, but CMC in general. Based on empirical evidence, the study challenges traditional categorisations of CMC mediums, and provides important insights relating to turn-taking, code-switching, and language management online.
In many professions daily work life has become unthinkable without the use of a computer with access to the Internet. As technological innovations progress rapidly and new applications of interactional media are invented, organizational behaviour continues to change. The central theme of this book is how new media affect organizational behavior and employee well-being. A variety of topics are considered: applications of new media in both personnel psychology and organizational psychology tools to improve selection and assessment issues arising in the context of training, learning and career development the use of online games for education and recreation the impact of mobile devices on organizational life the implications of new forms of collaboration by means of virtual teams. The research documented in this volume consists of high quality, quantitative studies illustrated by lively practical examples. The combination of science and practice ensures that new insights supported by empirical studies are translated into practical implications. The book will be essential reading for researchers and students in organizational psychology and related disciplines.
The new edition of Teaching and Learning with ICT in the Primary School introduces practising and student teachers to the range of ways in which ICT can be used to support and extend teaching and learning opportunities in their classrooms. Fully updated and expanded with brand new chapters reflecting the abundant changes in the field since the first edition was published, it offers practical guidance underpinned by the latest research and teaching in the field. It is illustrated throughout with case studies and examples together with a glossary explaining key terms. It focuses on how technology-based practices can support the teaching of individual subjects, as well as a range of teaching and learning styles. Key topics covered include: Support reading and writing with ICT Enhancing mathematics with technology ICT in the foundation subjects Computer programming Creativity and ICT ICT and sustainability Linking home and school Digital technologies for special educational needs Mobile technologies Gaming and virtual worlds Assessment E-Safety Written for all training primary teachers, as well as more experienced teachers and ICT co-ordinators looking for guidance on the latest innovative practice,Teaching and Learning with ICT in the Primary School, 2nd edition offers advice and ideas for creative, engaging and successful teaching and learning.