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Collaborative learning

Collaborative learning tasks can be supported and mediated through online tools. There are already many examples of individuals connecting through online platforms such as Facebook and Google + in order to work together. The nature of the learning may require more than one tool and often a mixture of web tools are used to interact, schedule and plan or even co-create shared artefacts.

All effective collaboration starts with agreeing the terms for working together. Negotiate roles and ensure that there are mechanisms for resolving disputes. Build trust through informal social interaction; if possible find ways to meet up in person too. Here are some simple, practical tips to facilitate collaboration online.

Finding the tool for the job.
The chances are that individuals will have their own preferred tool set. If the group are going to work well together, you will need to agree on the channels for communication and the ground rules for connecting. Make sure that everyone is involved in the choices and support is provided for all to engage in collaboration. Consider too the nature of the collaboration – is it long term or quick and easy? Do you want to archive or share the outputs? It is important to build trust and ensure that there is shared understanding of the tasks and deadlines. In choosing tools, ensure that you have considered accessibility for all and relative ease of participation. If people feel excluded they will soon stop contributing. Make sure that no contribution goes ignored.

All effective collaboration starts with agreeing the terms for working together. Negotiate roles and ensure that there are mechanisms for resolving disputes. Build trust through informal social interaction; if possible find ways to meet up in person too.

Making a good working relationship
All effective collaboration starts with agreeing the terms for working together. Negotiate roles and ensure that there are mechanisms for resolving disputes. Build trust through informal social interaction; if possible find ways to meet up in person too.

Listen carefully
Your voice communicates more than just words and can be more effective than text based communication. A conversation is a good way to get a better shared understanding. Use it to agree on your aims and share concerns.

Collaborative learning

Tools.

Project planning: Basecamp, Slack
Communication: Google Hangouts, Bb Collaborate Ultra, Skype
File sharing: Google drive, Dropbox,
Multimedia streaming: Youtube, Vimeo, Soundcloud
Social spaces: G+, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Ning, Minecraft, Second Life.

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