Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Cooperation or Collaboration


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Collaboration is the result of the people and machines working in tandem to create a product, which would not be possible had they worked separately or in cooperation.  Shepard (2012) refers to collaborative learning as social interaction during which learners make connections with their learning networks.  She references the social cognitivism of Vygotsky and the connectivism of Siemens to undergird her words.  In order to move from cooperation to collaboration, we must move away from putting ourselves first towards a position of mutual respect.  It is not “all about us” in collaboration.  In order to collaborate, one must trust other people, not suspect them and consider others as more important than ourselves.
Sankar is describing a new paradigm of collaboration between computers and humans.

Dr. Shepard’s chapter in a recent book is available at Springer for purchase.
Shepard, M (2012). Creating a culture of digital collaboration in online learning. In L. Moller &   J. B. Huett (Eds.), The next generation of distance education: Unconstrained learning (pp.127-138). New York, NY: Springer.  https://www.springer.com/pay+per+view?SGWID=0-1740713-3131-0-0

This is a reposting from early in my doctoral journey at Walden. I now find myself at the other end of the journey still contemplating the implications of social change in the work that I do.

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