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The end of digital collaboration - or is it? ACEL e-Teaching 25 (cross-blogged from thebelbird.blogspot.co.nz)

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Earlier this year I was approached to write an article for ACEL's e-Publications. I have focused it on the shift from a highly collaborative working environment to an environment where access to collaborative digital tools is more limited. The question I asked myself was, how do you deal with loosing the access to tools like collaborative Google docs, do you have to go 'old school' and move back into a little box?

I don't think so, and if you are interested in reading my suggestions about keeping up your digital collaboration and even inspiring others to follow suit, you can find the article here.

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Comment by Hazel Owen on September 21, 2017 at 22:39

I really enjoyed reading your article Monika. I must admit to being frustrated when (sometimes for very good reasons) digital collaboration is 'limited'. As you point out though, finding ways to work with where a school or organisation is 'at' digitally can open the door to growing understandings of the benefits of this way of working together. It's a case of remaining open, and as you say in your article "With some modifications of your practice you will find that you can still collaborate digitally with your colleagues - and your example might be just what is needed to start the shift for the rest of the school" (Kern, August 2017, np, ACEL).

From experience, the approach you describe can work well. On the other hand (and this relates to the guidelines you outline in your article), the purpose and the tool have to be compatible. Recently I was involved with some colleagues in doing some collaborative work. The lead person on the project insisted on using Dropbox, suggesting that the functionality was the same as Google Docs. I jumped in and left comments in Dropbox, only to find that there was no responses. However, when it came to a final piece of work (emailed to me by the project lead as a Word doc), and myself and two other colleagues were asked for feedback, I converted the document to a GoogleDoc, and with a sigh of relief used comments and the track changes to offer feedback. Within and hour my other two colleagues had also left feedback, and, in some cases we'd responded to each others comments, or built on other responses. So, the project lead had comprehensive feedback from globally distributed colleagues within an afternoon in a way that wasn't happening with Dropbox. 

This experience certainly made me reflect...sometimes it is important to be flexible and to work within existing parameters, at other times it may be necessary to gently push the envelope :)

Thanks for sharing, Monika :D

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