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.
Understanding Educators' Experiences in an Online Course
Author: Erica C. Boling
This designed-based research study explored educators' experiences in an online course to better understand how course design and pedagogical delivery can best support student learning. Using the Cognitive Apprenticeship Model (Collins et al., 1987) as a theoretical lens, researchers investigated the following: 1) What methods of instruction, as described by the Cognitive Apprenticeship Model, assisted educators in learning how to use technology to support online communication and collaboration? How were these methods introduced and used? and 2) What evidence exists to show that these methods of instruction had a positive impact on students' changing knowledge, skills, and/or dispositions of technology integration? Interviews and course artifacts were collected from one online course instructor and 11 graduate students from various fields of study. Findings highlight specific methods of instruction that can inform educators' uses of Web 2.0 tools in online courses, illustrating how the Cognitive Apprenticeship Model can be used to inform online course development.
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)
It was approximately two decades ago that the support of communication and collaboration became an important research issue. The technical stimulation for this was the spread of personal computers and computer networks, whilst the social driver was the demand for the support of everyday work, frequently including group work and teamwork. This field of research has become known as Computer-Supported Cooperative Work whilst the systems to support group work are called groupware. Over the two decades, research has been extensively conducted. Various Web-based systems have been researched, some of which are aimed at the support of communication and collaboration. Mobile phones have spread rapidly and communication and collaboration support systems have also been researched on this platform. There are many other technologies such as virtual reality, robotics, multimedia, and ubiquitous computing, each of which provides opportunities for the research field. As the research field is not dependent on the type of technology, but is dependent on the needs of human activity and human beings are social animals, the technical demands of supporting social activities do not diminish. Technologies that potentially are useful for this purpose are being investigated whilst new technologies are invented. As a result of the development of IT, the research and development of communication and collaboration systems is increasingly active. The scope of this publication extends from perspectives, design principles, guidelines and social aspects of communication and collaboration support systems to the various application systems and the platform technologies.
Globalization, Standards and Professionalism in Times of Change
Author: Tony Townsend
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.