What are Collaborative Environments?

Collaborative environments are online spaces — often cloud-based — where the focus is making it easy to collaborate and work in groups, no matter where the participants may be. As the typical educator’s network of contacts has grown to include colleagues who might live and work across the country, or indeed anywhere on the globe, it has become common for people who are not physically located near each other to collaborate on projects. In classrooms as well, joint projects with students at other schools or in other countries are more and more commonplace as strategies to expose learners to a variety of perspectives. The essential attribute of the technologies in this set is that they make it easy for people to share interests and ideas and easily monitor collective progress. These tools are compelling and widely adopted because they are not only easy to use, but they are also either very low cost or free, and easily available via a web browser.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the museums you know best?

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  • Relevant for schools, not museums?
  • (My guess is that the headline is an heritage from another NMC report ... Let´s talk about schools.) - morten.dahl morten.dahl Dec 7, 2014
  • Access to groups not present in village, as for example the Virtual Math courses covering both advanced placement and special needs. Reduces geographical dependency on specialist knowledge. - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Nov 24, 2014- morten.dahl morten.dahl Dec 7, 2014
  • Collaboration is essential. Making collaboration easier will reduce the cost (time) students and teachers have to put in to actively collaborate and learn. - martin.claesson martin.claesson Dec 2, 2014
  • Both physical collaborative environments like makerspaces and online collaborative environments are very important to challenge the traditional classroom with one teacher and a fixed group of learners that have very limited opportunities for collaboration. - jakob.harder jakob.harder Dec 2, 2014
  • It seems self-evident that all students should have a good surface for cooperation over the internet. This is where reality is. To increase the chances of having a global mindset among pupils for example. Although cooperation locally facilitated by collaborative environments. It can be a forum where you can test various discussions, shared documents that you can edit together or have as basis in a common project. - helena.kvarnsell helena.kvarnsell Dec 4, 2014
  • The distances between people and narrow subjects (like foreign languages) makes online collaborative environments relevant- Ingunn.Bremnes.Stubdal Ingunn.Bremnes.Stubdal Dec 5, 2014
  • Collaborative Environments are both relevant to museums and schools, and also relevant for the corporation between schools and museums - thih thih Dec 6, 2014

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

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  • Student initiated collaboration and students as creators - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Nov 24, 2014

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

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  • Could be anything from sharing problems and solutions to building a new school together. It's likely that each collaborative environment has to be adapted to the task or project at hand. So maybe we should look for a flexible open source solution. Rigid stuff is very 90's anyway... - martin.claesson martin.claesson Dec 2, 2014
  • It can serve as a digital scaffolding of communities of practice - thih thih Dec 6, 2014

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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