If your goal is to improve the ways and tools with which you collaborate with your team, as well as the resources and approaches to to learn, discover and share more of what you know, here are the best 2008 MasterNewMedia articles about online collaboration.
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Whether you are into finding out the best videoconferencing, or screen sharing tools or interested in seeing how education and learning are transforming the way we look at schools and the world of work, in this set of hand-picked guides and articles you can find some of the best writing and research work we have done on this front in the last 12 months.
Here the best online collaboration and learning content from our 2008 archives. Enjoy:
Intro by Robin Good
The Best Online Collaboration Tools 2008, Collaborative Map is a live editable map of over 200 of the best free and low-cost online collaboration tools available, picked and selected by passionate users like you and me.
Video conferencing tools allow you to use your standard webcam and broadband Internet connection to have multi-party videoconferences. Once reserved only to high-end and very costly proprietary hardware systems, videoconferencing tools and services have sharply grown in number and they now offer multiple useful alternatives that you can start using without having to spend a dollar.
Screen sharing tools are a specific category of online collaboration tools that enable you to broadcast a continuous live stream of what is happening on your computer screen to individuals connected via the Internet at distant locations.
Large files sending web services are a category of online collaboration tools that is made up of those applications that allow you to send huge files, even larger than 1GB, to one or more people, and without resorting to email attachments.
Brainstorming, nonetheless the popularity of the term, is one of the most challenging collaborative activities to carry out in a small group. While most people think they know how to brainstorm, very few have really gotten the basic rules needed to make a brainstorming session work effectively.
Learning Zeitgeist: The Future of Education is Just-in-Time, Multidisciplinary, Experimental, Emergent
The skills that are highly valued today are not even distantly related to the skills that are developed in our educational prison facilities year after year, week after week, class after class, when students are put into classrooms, disconnected from each other to fill tests, amputated from their prosthesis of thinking like mobile phones and their intellectual capabilities being hammered into the dirt by requiring certain outcomes rather than creativity and imagination.
Educational Models And Learning In The Digital Age: What Is Connectivism And What Makes It So Special
Connectivism combines important elements of many different learning theories, social structures, and of new communication technologies while having been designed to give birth to new ways of learning in the digital age.
Peer-to-peer is an emergent philosophy and way of working, collaborating and creating wealth among human beings. The peer to peer philosophy is based on living principles that are quite different from those that you may have been educated with but which in many ways may feel more "natural" and close to your nature than the ones you have seen at work in the business world around you.
This is my own video on the future of education, that completes and extends what I was able to deliver this past Wednesday at LeWeb in Paris.
In my opinion, when it comes to effective, true learning, the one you do when you learn to play a new game, when you learn a language, or a new sport or skill, there are some key things which are vital in providing the setting and resources needed to make all of this possible.
Originally prepared by Robin Good and Daniele Bazzano for MasterNewMedia and first published on December 28, 2008 as "Online Collaboration And Learning: The Best Resources Of 2008 From MasterNewMedia".