What are Collaboration Tools?
Collaboration tools allow students, instructors, and teaching assistants to exchange resources in a number of different ways, depending on what is needed for a particular task. Tools include document and resource sharing and collaboration, as well as web conferencing.
Why Use Collaboration Tools?
Collaborative assignments and tasks can be created for both in and outside class. They can be used to help develop active learning assignments, facilitate team-building activities, and help students engage with the content through group activities and peer-to-peer learning.
Considerations for Using Collaboration Tools
Because these tools are all online, there can be a number of technical considerations to take into account. Although most are easy to use, extra time to learn how to use and navigate them will be required. Instructors will also want to thoughtfully design activities around the capabilities of the tools.
Getting Started with Collaboration Tools
Contact the Center to set up a consultation to learn more about how to incorporate collaboration tools into teaching and learning. Several Resource Library items are also available to explore on your own.