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Online Collaboration: What Is It?

Teachers learning about and with ICT as collaborative design
The author of this article reflects how the participatory nature of the web has changed the way we work, learn and play and how a professional learning community that has started from learning about ICT is now moving to learning with ICT.

Making sense of MOOCs
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have captured the attention of many leaders in education and development. In this excerpt from his new research paper, "Making Sense of MOOCs: Musings in a Maze of Myth, Paradox and Possibility", former COL President Sir John Daniel explains that while MOOCs will prompt universities to improve the quality of teaching, they will not help expand higher education in developing countries.

Extending the pedagogy of threaded-topic discussions
This article bemoans the limitations of threaded-topic bulletin boards, ponders the obstacles that hinder moving into new fields of online collaboration, and describes a special software system, Forum MATRIX, which allows students to use shared documents, thereby opening up discussion forums. 

Electronic Collaboration: A Practical Guide for Educators
This publication by the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory at Brown University is comprehensive guide to electronic collaboration designed for teachers, school leaders, curriculum experts, technical specialists, and anyone else interested in this emerging technology. It offers information on: ways to collaborate electronically; designing and implementing a collaborative project; becoming an effective online moderator; and choosing appropriate tools to support a collaboration. 

Emerging models of online collaborative learning: can distance enhance learning? 
In this essay, the author argues that it is a mistake to assume that online collaboration among students must mirror traditional classroom interaction. The article also discusses far more imaginative ways of helping students learn with one another in virtual space.