Doing some research into the term Collaboration 2.0 unveiled some interested thoughts. This blog post and this one are to do with libraries, information and Collaboration 2.0 where the emphasis is on using collaborative online tools to share and find information. This post from Collaborative Loop by Jennifer Pahlka discusses the concept from an enterprise viewpoint and states:
"Collaboration 2.0 doesn't just mean collaboration with a Web 2.0 veneer to it. Interest in collaboration is rising at the moment because of globalization, the opportunity to take advantage of converged networks, the increasingly connected nature of work, and a wide variety of other factors, but one important thing that's enabling this is a new understanding of how people really work together. Decentralization and user empowerment are part of the picture, but security, regulatory compliance and corporate cultures are critical pieces of the puzzle in an enterprise setting, and Collaboration 2.0 encompasses all of these."
So how do we define 'collaboration'? Another Google search brought up these links:
- A mutually beneficial well-defined relationship entered into by two or more organizations to achieve common goals. Collaboration is the process of various individuals, groups, or systems working together but at a significantly higher degree than through coordination or cooperation. Collaboration typically involves joint planning, shared resources, and joint resource management. ..
- something done with cooperation
- A social skill involving working together with two or more persons.
- Collaboration, literally, consists of working together with one or more others.
- Literally: "to labor together" A process in which two or more entities work together to achieve their independent and collective interests through a joint problem solving process. ...
- Co-operation refers to the practice of people or greater entities working in common with commonly agreed-upon goals and possibly methods, instead of working separately in competition.
- In an ideal team organization, there is always cooperation. People have a common set of goals and they share the spirit. A special personal effort is made to go the extra mile. Lack of cooperation can destroy a team.
Before that however, let me revisit the ISTE NETS refresh development where the proposed NETS.S II currently reads:
II. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
- collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and others employing a variety of digital media and formats.
- communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences utilizing a variety of media and formats.
- develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
- contribute to project teams to produce original works.
"I suppose that a developmentally appropriate curriculum is needed...at what grade level do you start kids collaborating in school? At what grade level do you recognize student collaborations are occurring at home in the real world?
If they are collaborating, what are some examples of that collaboration? Social networking isn't collaboration is it?
- Collaboration occurs as children/teens work to solve the puzzle or are engaged in achieving a mission objective in an online game. As they play the game, they also use instant messaging, audio-chat to coordinate their efforts for maximum effect.
- Collaboration occurs as...[what others can you think of?]"
- Collaboration occurs as classrooms and/or learners in geographically different (and possible diverse) locations team up for a mutual goal
- Collaboration occurs when collaborators actively interact, discuss, synthesise and then construct new knowledge (in the form of original work)
- Collaboration occurs as students and teachers share the decision making process
- Collaboration occurs as meaningful friendships are made that become relevant in the context of learning
"I really am beginning to believe we should get rid of the term "social" networking because instead we should use the term:
- Professional networking - When we are networking to learn more and improve our professional careers.
- Student networking - When we are a student and are networking to learn more."
What do readers of this blog think about collaboration and curriculum relevance and reform in a Web 2.0 world??
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Julie, great post! I thoroughly enjoyed it...now I'll have to meditate and reflect on it.
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Nice post, Julie.
I would change "professional" and "student" networking, though, to simply "learner networking."
If you're a doctor, that makes me a patient; if you're a teacher, that makes me a student. ;-)
Julie, very interesting post. I think I might use "professional" networking even with students. The term sounds cool. Second, what is the profession of a student...being a student and a learner. I think it might be appropriate to ask students about collaboration and relevance even if we use the words "team work" and "important." Relevance is not the same as important but does anybody have a better word?
I've asked some questions about this on my blog: http://www.pass-ed.com/blogger.html
...curriculum relevance and reform in a Web 2.0 world??
Curriculum reform happens at such a glacial pace, you'll never be able to put that phrase and Web 2.0 in the same sentence!
I'm not sure it matters all that much though. Regardless of the curriculum, it's the delivery that needs to be reformed and made more relevant, and guess who has control over that...the teacher. Take any curriculum outcome, say a dry physics concept, (my apologies to any physicists reading this comment), such as the relationship among displacements, time, and velocity. Let's stop asking students to apply formulas to solve textbook problems. Let's use Web 2.0 tools to connect students with scientists and engineers who are applying the same physics concept to the task of moving payloads in space to construct the International Space Station. Relevant? Yes. Cooperation and collaboration? Yes. Do-able? Yes.
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