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Collaboration Tools in humanized organizational learning

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Designing Collaborative E-Learning For Results by Glen Mohr and Julia M. Nault

Collaboration tools in action to humanize online learning, a good case study.

Because we can communicate by email and over the Web, we no longer need to meet face to face. The more connected we are, the more isolated we are. The connectivity/isolation paradox is manifesting itself in many aspects of our professional and personal lives and is a fundamental reason why e-learning programs can be unsatisfying to instructors and learners. How can we design e-learning programs to overcome the connectivity/isolation paradox?

Checklist for Critical Success Factors in collaborative organizational learning
1. Manage expectations.
2. Create a common base of knowledge before the course starts. This may consist of new readings/exercises or refreshers of previous ones.
3. Make it extremely clear how and when participants will communicate.
4. Demonstrate the technology at the outset and reinforce throughout the course. Do not let anyone slip through the cracks.
5. Make synchronous sessions highly interactive.
6 Let students generate the data and examples used in the course.
7. Include a collaborative project.
8. Bring closure to the material and provide a plan for next steps.

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May 29th, 2004 at 4:10 am

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