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  • Pamela McLean
    Regarding people who learn/teach together and collaboration. I think the posting below on successful collaboration has points of interest to our group.Pam
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 8, 2006
      Regarding people who learn/teach together and collaboration. I think the
      posting below on successful collaboration has points of interest to our


      -------- Original Message --------
      Subject: [PCF4 Collaboration] Successful Collaboration
      Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2006 02:18:07 -0600
      From: C. Wright <crwr@...>
      Reply-To: pcf4collaboration@...
      To: pcf4collaboration@...

      I am an educational consultant who headed an instructional design team
      at a postsecondary institution in Canada and has international project
      and workshop facilitating experience in countries such as Bangladesh,
      Botswana, Brazil, India, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Russia, Sri
      Lanka, St. Lucia, and Switzerland.
      I do believe that collaboration is beneficial as it provides us with the
      opportunity to maximize expertise and resources. Successful
      collaboration depends on:

      · Forming a common vision or direction

      · Recognizing individual and common needs

      · Ensuring accountability and establishing timelines

      · Developing trust and dealing with personal issues

      · Resolving intellectual property issues

      · Allowing sufficient time for collaboration

      · Providing effective leadership

      · Implementing a dissemination or marketing plan

      In my experience, collaborations frequently fail because:

      · Participants can’t get over the “not-invented here syndrome”. But
      doesn’t the human heart have four chambers regardless of the institution
      or culture in which people live?

      · Intellectual property rights and processes are lengthy and more
      complicated than they need to be. Not everyone is going to make money
      from drawing the human heart in different colours! The heart still has
      four chambers.

      · The quality of the materials is poor. You might want to refer to
      various quality standards available at
      http://zozonlinecourse.com/evaluatingonlinecourses/, or
      http://www.unesco.org/education/guidelines_E.indd.pdf, and refer to
      articles such as “Criteria for Evaluating the Quality of Online Courses”
      (I can provide you with a Word-version of the article if you are unable
      to find it.)

      · People are unable to meet. However, software such as Elluminate and
      wikis should be able to address this concern.

      · Politics rather than education goals enter the collaborative effort.

      I believe that collaboration can be successful if the “WHY” is big
      enough. There are numerous reasons why educators should collaborate
      despite the need to be competitive. I don't think that MIT's
      OpenCourseware project has reduced the number of people who want to
      enrol in MIT.

      One of the ways we can initiate collaboration is by fully participating
      in face-to-face and online conferences such as this one. See The
      Australian Council for Computers in Education website at:
      http://www.acce.edu.au/item.asp?pid=1158 for additional opportunities.
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