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EXAMPLES OF THE USE OF COLLABORATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

where students have worked in pairs or groups to achieve shared learning goals.
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In the work place environment collaborative projects will always have a leader/manager.
1. Should this be the case in the learning environment?
2. How should a students’ project leader be nominated – By the group? By the teacher? Randomly selected? Other?
3. What criteria should be used to form collaborative groups – Friendships? Age? Learning Styles? Attitude? Other?


>Wiki Books

A wikibook is a book that can be authored collaboratively by teacher and student groups.
In the collaborative development of a wikibook the topics or chapters for the subject are defined and allocated to members of the group/class for development. A wiki or a space within a wiki is created for the wikibook and structured to enable chapters to be embedded by the “book’s authors. Content may be added directly to the wikibook or embedded from a WWW host service e.g. Slideshare for Powerpoint, Vimeo for video.
Here are two chapters from a wikibook developed by Randwick Campus TAFE students on Occupational Health and Safety. The wikibook can be viewed at the subject's wiki.



Collaborative Development of a Commercial Wiki Book
We Are Smarter than Me” was a collaborative effort to write a book using an online wiki tool. The book focuses on the importance of collaboration within the business community. “We Are Smarter than Me” is taking the crowd-wisdom approach to not only discuss how collaboration can be used for a single goal, but to prove in what manner this can be achieved. While the actual authoring of the book has been done in a more traditional fashion, the contributions from many have been formed together in order to create one book." They (the book's initiators) chose chapter headings and then wrote a few pages to create a starting point. For instance, a chapter titled "We Can Research It," tells an anecdote about an Australian man who started a mail-order brewery based on votes by 20,000 cellphone users on what makes an ideal beer. Other participants can then edit the contents or add anecdotes. Wiki authoring of a printed book could be a "wonderful" online marketing tool, Mr. Moore (Tim Moore, publisher) says. After the book is published, WeAreSmarter will remain online, where people can continue to contribute.
View at Amazon.com
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>Timelines

This timeline development tool enables students to develop timelines for nominated topics. In a collaborative project students can be assigned either sections in the topic or sections in the timeline to research and gather information. Students then combine their information to provide a 'picture' over time for the topic area. This example illustrates the life of William Shakespeare.



>Digital Reports

These reports usually takes the form of a short video (less than 3 minutes) for a nominated topic . The philosophy of digital reporting is one of using technology to enable students to produce works that present information using images (photos and graphics) and sound. The product is a film that combines a narrated script, photographic images and a musical soundtrack. As with wikibooks, high level learning can occur in designing and developing digital reports as students analyse available content, synthesise selected material and progressively evaluate the development of the product.
Here is an example of a digital report from a collaborative project in which ESOL students developed a report for their home country using the free PhotoStory software application. The report is embedded in this wiki using the Vimeo web service.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW OTHER REPORTS IN THIS COLLABORATIVE PROJECT


Student's Digital Report from tony tafe and Vimeo.


>Vodcasts

VODcasting (also called “vlogging”) - the “VOD” stands for “video-on-demand” - is almost identical to podcasting. The difference is that the content is video versus audio, and the content is more likely to be played on a laptop than a PMA (personal media assistant).

The basic equipment required is a digital camera, video editing software e.g. Movie Maker or Camtasia with voice over recording capabilities. Delivery can be via desktop applications e.g.Real Player or from a WWW host service's embedded player e.g. Vimeo.
Student collaboration involves planning the process, developing a storyboard, allocation of roles and responsibilities,and management of the project.

Here are two examples of student vodcasts:
1. In the example on the left students worked collaboratively to produce a vodcast to 'sell' a TAFE building. Project roles inlcluded Actor, Producer, Camera person, Graphic Designer, and Project Manager. The Viddler.com player enables students to post comments as part of a peer review process.
2. In the example on the right students were required to produce a video summarising the results of their projects during a semester and embedding their vodcasts in a group blog for peer review. This student has used his mobile phone to record the video, Movie Maker to produce the video and Vimeo as the WWW host.



Student Projects Summary from tony tafe and Vimeo.

>Podcasts

In collaborative podcasting students create podcast players for a nominated topic using the Podomatic or Odeo services. As podcasts (audio files) are created they are added to the 'topic' player. The examples below include the teacher's podcast player for mini tutorials. Other teachers can add their tutorials to the subject player. Listen to the creative student work in the examples below.




Click here to get your own player.




>Interview Simulations

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Students are given a topic to analyse from different viewpoints, in this example the topic is the possible positive, negative and neutral reactions of employees to the introduction of elearning.
In the simulated interview students collaborate on the preparation of an interview script with questions for and the responses from people with different points of view. A text-to-voice translator is used to record the interviewees' responses. Click the players on the left to play contrasting students' examples of this exercise.