Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Collaborative Learning

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Collaborative Learning

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Options for collaborative software beyond e-mail have exploded. It is estimated that more than 1,000 software packages offer collaborative functions: whether for asynchronous collaboration, such as discussion databases or bulletin boards; or synchronous (real time) collaboration, such as Web conferencing tools. Students at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania use Web Cafe, a virtual collaboration space that lets students collaborate more easily.

"Courses at Wharton are becoming group-project intensive. It's seen as good practice for the business world," says R. Ditto, senior project leader in Wharton's Computing and Information Technology group.

Examples of collaborative efforts have increased exponentially, primarily due to increased federal funding for such activity. Many efforts were discussed at the annual conference of the Society for Applied Learning Technology Conference (SALT), held July 24-26 in Arlington, Va. Dr. E. Friedman, Stevens Institute of Technology, described the Alliance + project, a Technology Innovation Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It provides professional development for 10,000 teachers in the metropolitan areas of Cleveland, Phoenix and Miami. This model for national in-service training is being implemented by Stevens Institute of Technology in collaboration with Cuyahoga Community College, Maricopa Community College and Miami-Dade Community College through a grant to the Polaris Career Center in Middleburg, Ohio.

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