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Monday, October 31, 2011

Collaborative Learning

One of the articles I read for this week was the Lee and Hutton article "Using Interactive Videoconferencing Technology for Global Awareness: The Case of ISIS" in the International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning.  In this article, my attention was on Indiana University's International Studies In Schools (ISIS) program that was a collaboration between Indiana University's Office of International Programs and the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE).  With ISIS, learners interact with people from other cultures or with experts on topics that have global significance.  Such series, such as "European Security Issues in the 21st Century" or "Daily Life in Kenya", give perspective directly from the source.  Teachers contact ISIS to tailor programs that fit their needs.  Whether it is for a geography or a history class, it provides all those involved with a unique learning experience that was not there 15-20 years ago.

No longer is geography or money a barrier in receiving a global education.  I can learn anywhere at anytime.  That's the beauty of it.  And ISIS also offers technical support by Virtual Indiana Classroom Network Operations Support Specialists (VICNOSS).  In interviews from The Case Study at Jamestown, Lee performed an ethnographic study of two middle school classrooms that were using the ISIS program.  He found that teachers provided positive feedback regarding implementation and students were quite interested in the technology.  Of the challenges, the excitement subsided after the initial exposure and there was not sufficient planning in using volunteers for the program.  For more information, you can go to:

Some tools that can be used for collaboration are:
1.      Adobe Connect Pro:
2.      AnyMeeting:
3.      Collanos:
4.      ConceptShare:
5.      Google Groups:;
6.      Google Docs:  
7.      Diigo:
8.      Dimdim:
9.      Elluminate:
10.  Facebook:
11.  Google Hangouts:
12.  GoToMeeting:
13.  GroupTweet:
15.  OpenStudy:
16.  PBworks:
17.  SlideRocket:
18.  Skillshare:  
19.  Skype:
20.  StartWright (virtual teams):
21.  TwitterGroups:
22.  TypeWithMe:
23.  Twibes (Twitter Groups):
24.  Twiddla:
25.  Twitter:
26.  Twitter Groups:
27.  Ustream:
28.  Virtual Edge for Teams:
29.  WebEx:
30.  Wet Paint:
31.  Wikispaces:
32.  Windows Live Groups:
33.  Writeboard:
34.  Yahoo! Groups:


  1. What a great list of resources! Thanks for putting that together. I may use it next semester in some of my classes. Google Hangouts is really cool, and although my experience with it has been recreational, I can see it being extremely useful for classwork. I also enjoyed learning about Skype (I may be the only person left on campus who isn't a Skyper - even my mother Skypes!). Adobe Connect Pro is actually something I need to learn for the job I have right now. We have professors from Germany and various other places who need to communicate with universities throughout the world, and there is only one person in our office who knows how to use it right now. Thanks to this class, I have seen it work and have had a small amount of experience with it.

  2. Thanks to the modern ultra-fast Internet, accessing information related on any topic has never been so easy. Whats more, availability of mobile devices has taken the Internet availability to a whole new level.
    It is but natural to see that educational institutions are incorporating this "information monster" into the learning process through several efforts, one of which is collaborative learning. With availability of multiple educational softwares that use the video-conferencing and other utilities, information exchange is now beyond geographical barriers!
    Towards this end, the resource list you have compiled is quite useful! Thanks!!

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