ERIC Number: ED436226
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Electronic Collaboration: A Practical Guide for Educators.
Koufman-Frederick, Ann; Lillie, Martha; Pattison-Gordon, Laurie; Watt, Daniel Lynn; Carter, Richard
This practical guide for educators discusses the concept of electronic collaboration and how educators can begin to utilize this emerging tool. The guide reports on what electronic collaboration is--a process that connects individuals electronically via the Internet to work together on an intellectual, academic, or practical endeavor--and explains why educators should participate in the use of this powerful tool that brings teachers together out of isolation, provides time for reflection, and provides other coincidental benefits. This guide is designed for teachers, school leaders, curriculum experts, technical specialists, and anyone else interested in this emerging technology. One can be involved in electronic collaboration in many ways, from participating, to setting up a collaborative environment, to moderating a discussion. This guide tells those interested in the technology about: ways to collaborate electronically (chapter 2), designing and implementing a collaborative project, and becoming an effective online moderator (chapter 3), and choosing appropriate tools to support a collaboration (chapter 4). A list of resources to help educators explore the possibilities of electronic collaboration on their own and to assist them in getting the latest information about tools and collaborative projects is included (chapter 5). The book provides information about many forms of electronic collaboration, but focuses on discussion groups, as they are the most common online activity. Contains an index. (VWC)
Descriptors: Collegiality, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperation, Discussion Groups, Educational Technology, Electronic Equipment, Electronic Mail, Information Dissemination, Information Networks, Instructional Innovation, Online Systems, Partnerships in Education, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.
Note: "A joint production of the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory (LAB) at Brown University, the National School Network (NSN), and the Teacher Enhancement Electronic Community Hall (TEECH)."