Industry Resources: Additional Information on Collaborative Computing

White Paper: Collaboration and the Evolution of the Enterprise - The Meta Group

This white paper from the Meta Group contains some facts and figures that may help you make the sell to top management on moving toward planning for collaborative technologies on your campus.

Webcafe: Collaboration at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Visit the Web site built by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to support its use of Documentum's eRoom software. Web site includes a catalog of eRooms and advice and information for users.

· Overview of project: http://webcafe.wharton.upenn.edu/pages/overview.html
· Article by Rob Ditto, Senior Project IT leader: http://www.syllabus.com/article.asp?id=9201

Video Interview: Collaborative Learning Techniques - Syllabus TechTalks

Judith Boettcher and Howard Strauss lead a discussion on various collaborative learning techniques. Also participating in this discussion were Lonnie Harvel, a senior research scientist in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, and William Griswold, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.

Article: Software Combines Best of Both Worlds - Information Week

This article discusses a new generation of tools is linking collaboration with knowledge management. Includes coverage of Documentum's eRoom, the product that the Wharton School is using for classroom collaboration.

Article: Digital Note Taking - Pen Computing

If you see digital note taking as a promising collaboration technology that will allow students to share notes with others in a group, Pen Computing magazine's site is a good find. It highlights products across a variety of vendors and comments on them. The editors cover pen computing, of course, but also PDAs, cell phones, gaming devices, iPODs and their ilk, and much more. Recent editorial included coverage of a ViewSonic convertible tablet PC that includes integrated 802.11b and 802.11g (five times faster than 11b) wireless access. With the right software, such a product would allow students to take notes in class and then share them wirelessly with others in the class. The product is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2004.

Case Study: Digital Note Taking - UC Berkeley

At the University of California at Berkeley, James Landay has applied digital note taking and a wireless connection to sharing class notes. In his tests, participants used software called NotePals on PDAs to take notes. Afterward, the notes are sent to a shared repository, where participants can use a Web browser to view the merged notes. One of the scenarios for use that Landay's paper describes is a classroom setting. As the paper notes, "Sharing notes with the other students in the class may help students take better notes and might also set the tone for a collaborative, rather than competitive, educational experience."

Article: Smart Rooms - ComputerWorld

Collaboration technologies all too often fail to consider human factors. In this article written for ComputerWorld magazine, Ted Selker, leader of the Context-Aware Computing Group at MIT's Media Lab, states, "Attempts to invent IT that supports collaboration often fail because designers focus too much on the technology and too little on how people really work." Check out the rest of the article, on work by students at Carnegie Mellon University on the future of interactive collaboration by design teams.

Presentation: Creating a Shared Online Learning System - Kent State University

This presentation by the Ohio Learning Network demonstrates how a variety of colleges and universities in Ohio are cooperating through Kent State University to create their shared online learning system with WebCT Vista.

Degree Program: Collaborative Learning Degree - University of Tennesee

The University of Tennessee offers a collaborative learning degree program. While you may not want to go that far, the goals of the program reinforce what collaborative learning is really all about: Not the technology used, but simply better ways of sharing knowledge.

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