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  • 1. Collaborative Environments
    Collaboration is one of the defining characteristics of the 21st century (Cox, 2009, p. 11)
    Stephanie A. Jones, Ph.D.
    Instructional Technology
    Georgia Southern University
  • 2. Collaboration is
    Working jointly with others in some endeavor.
    In the physical world..
  • 3. In the virtual world
  • 4. Collaborative Environments are
    virtual workplaces where students and teachers can communicate, share information, and work together (p. 9).
    Picture credit: Dion Hinchcliffe,
  • 5. Key Attributes
    Multiple users
    Ubiquitous access
    An out-of-school appearance (authentic)
    Ease of use (intuitive design and function)
    Content sharing among users
    Portability of creative products
    Cox, E. J. (2009). Tools for 21st-century learning. Multimedia & Internet@Schools, 16(5), 10-14.
  • 6. Benefits of Collaborative Tools
    Fosters teamwork
    Facilitates critical thinking
    Crosses geographic barriers thus enabling global initiatives
    Facilitates connections with experts
    Facilitates review and assessment of student work
  • 7. Challenges to Implementation
    Questions about the security of information shared online
    Online safety; cyberbullying
    Filtering- limiting the kinds of online content and tools that students have access to while at school
    Current teaching practices may not actively encourage team-based inquiry
  • 8. Collaborative environments exist in a myriad of forms:
    Simple web-based tools for collaborative work
    Social networking platforms
    Classroom management systems
    Multiplayer gaming environments
    Virtual worlds
    Lets look at some learning examples.
  • 9. Voicethread
  • 10. Wikispaces
  • 11. Mindmeister
  • 12. Go Exploring
    Courtesy of petaj at
  • 13. Who knows where you might go!