Collaborative Learning Tools
This page provides links to some general resources on e-learning to help you understand what it is and its potential in education and training.
Articles in date order, most recent first.
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"You are probably being asked to join more and more global or national working groups with your business peers in other locations, some of whom you've never even met. What is the best way to work together to share common knowledge and drive toward common goals? ECM vendors and knowledge management (KM) specialists often give the same answer: collaboration solutions. Yes, but towards what end?" Matthew Clapp, CMS Watch, 30 June 2004
Added: 30 June 2004
Also includes examples of commercial and open source enterprise collaboration tools
"The next wave of computer-aided communications, however, promises to expand the channels of communication even further. Unlike e-mail, Web conferences allow real-time interaction and collaboration, and they often combine text communications with other media, such as audio and video." Maggie Biggs, 7 June 2004, FCW.com
Added: 7 June 2004
PDF of the product ratings also available
"A comprehensive guide to software that powers discussions on the Web, including real-time web conferencing, forums and message boards, instant messaging, chat, video conferencing, telephone conferencing, collaborative workspaces, groupware, and software for virtual communities."
Updated: 25 April 2004
A site that has grown a lot over the last few years - and not to be missed.
"Article by Communique Conferencing including a checklist for selecting a Web conferencing solution."
Added: 25 May 2003
Covers a "few basic areas that should be addressed before talking to vendors.
"Reviews of 18 Live Conferencing Systems : Comprehensive Feature Comparison Table : Access to 16 Free Try-Outs : 500+ Pages : 600+ Screenshots : 400+ Links"
Added: 29 March 2003
Also see Robin Good's Web Conferencing Access Kit to 16 Free Try Outs http://www.masternewmedia.org/reports/webconferencing/trial.htm
"With the rise and fall of so many e-learning vendors in the present market, CLOs and training directors are faced with tough decisions about what learning management system to install as well as what prepackaged content to acquire. Whether interested in synchronous classroom training or an LMS, there is a myriad of options, making it difficult to determine the right system for an organization. Trying to evaluate the many collaborative tools embedded within these platforms only makes the decisions more difficult." Curtis Bonk, Chief Learning Officer Magazine, November 2002
Added: 6 November 2002
An overview of the different types of collaboration tools
From Centre for Distance Education, Athabasca University, Canada
Added: 6 April 2001
Contains: definitions of major techniques, listings of products, etc
Boom! That's the explosion of online communities on the Web. It used to be that surfers went online strictly for information. Now, users seek interaction: to argue, to vote, to play--even to fall in love. Online communities are springing up on sites ranging from the portals to the mom and pops. Why the charge toward community? That's easy." Jim Cashel, 24 August 1999
Added: 4 December 2001
Although this resource is now over 2 years old, it is still of value
"Fewer and fewer Web projects are worked on by single team members. In the past, work might have been clearly divided with one member coding, one doing graphics, and one generating new content. Nowadays, applications are becoming more complex, and the coding and design efforts must be shared by many team members." Steve Franklin, webreview, August 2001
Added: 20 August 2001
Although these tools are aimed at e-working rather than e-learning , this article provides a good overview of the possibilities of enabling collaboration
Ray Ozzie talks about Groove. Business Week Online, October 2000.
Added: May 2001
"Looking for effective online communication without large investments in infrastructure and manpower? PC Magazine looks at three peer-to-peer (P2P) tools that combine the extensibility of traditional collaboration platforms with enhanced real-time communication." Greg Allwang, 25 April 2001.
Added: May 2001
"Which is why peer-to-peer computing will likely be remembered as the next great turn of the wheel. In 20 or 30 years, people will probably look back at the present moment and say that peer-to-peer computing changed the game. And in a neat bit of symmetry, the man who has written the first great peer-to-peer computing platform for the workplace -- and for the home as well -- is none other than the man behind Lotus Notes: Ray Ozzie."
Added: May 2001
"Your information resource on the use of videoconferencing in education." The SAVIE Initiative (Support Action to facilitate the use of Videoconferencing in Education))
"This site supports effective use of videoconferencing technology by providing basic information about videoconferencing technology and instructional applications as well as resources to help you link with other videoconferencing teachers, librarians, and content providers." (1999) Pacific Bell Knowledge Network Explorer.