February 2008

Tools and Technologies to Support Collaborative Learning

by Gary Woodill on February 19, 2008

I have just finished a report for Brandon Hall Research called Computer Supported Collaborative Learning: Tools and Technologies in which I try to enumerate all the different information technologies that can be used to support collaborative learning. In trying to make sense of the myriad of software packages available, I divided them into environments, networks, and tools.



 I then divided each category into 6 sub-categories as follows:

  • Environments for Collaborative Learning
    • Shared Computer Resources in Classrooms and Workplaces
    • Online Collaborative Workspaces
    • Web Conferencing Software with Collaboration Features
    • Knowledge Collectives
    • Collective Immersive Environments
    • Collaborative Augmented Reality
  • Networks for Collaborative Learning
    • Personal and FOAF Networks
    • Group Forming Networks
    • Social Mobile Networks
    • Peer Sharing and Production Networks
    • Community Computing Grids
    • Self-Organizing Mesh Networks
  • Tools for Collaborative Learning
    • Communications Tools
    • Collaborative Process Tools
    • Presence Tools
    • Social Markup Tools – Annotation, Bookmarking, and Rating
    • Project and Team Management Software
    • Community Management Tools

I was able to find examples of technologies for collaborative learning in all of the above sub-categores. All classification systems are arbitrary, but my starting point for this one was the 2005 report from the Institute for the Future on Technologies of Cooperation, especially the concept map of the technologies on page 15.