Collaboration Investigate

Spotlight: Definition of Collaborative Tools

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Executive Summary

To give a clearer understanding of the nuances intended, let's look at several examples: Communication and coordination activities may be collaborative, but are not necessarily so. Broadcasting information - sharing webcasts on YouTube, for example, or blogging - is not the same as working together; coming together to analyze or build community around a common set of content is. Giving orders is not; coordinating efforts with a partner or colleague is. Likewise, many forms of classroom learning are not collaborative, as the teacher-student relationship is typically hierarchical (a point clearly understood by students interviewed during the research performed in the development of this strategy).

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