eduMOOC study group for “Online Learning Collaborations”

This Wikispace is for the study group on the topic “Online Learning Collaborations”, which is part of the eduMOOC focused on "Online Learning Today...and Tomorrow” coordinated by Ray Schroeder from The Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Interested eduMOOCers add your name and introduce your self here:

  • John Graves (JG), PhD Student, AUTUniversity, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jonas Backelin, MA Student, Linkopings University, Sweden
  • Jenny Ankenbauer, ELL Instructor, Ankara, Turkey
  • Mary Rearick, Professor, Reading/Literacy Teacher Education, EMU, USA

Topics or Questions of Interest:

A. Collaboration with Online Tools

Collaborations are facilitated by a variety of on-line tools. The term 'Social Tools' can be defined as:
"An application that can be accessed via the web or other Internet technology, that can have more than one user present in the same environment (preferably at the same time, but not limited to that). Where the users can create and exchange artefacts with each other and ideally collaborate in the creation and exchanging of theses artefacts”
(Stephen Downes in the Webinar “Facilitating Social Interactions”)
Please take part in this 'Social Tools Survey' and share your reflections with the twitter tag #eduTOOLS!
Join the investigation on how on-line 'Social Tools' will allow learning in formal education. Inspired be Nova Spivack’s weblog ‘Minding the Planet’ I have created the following illustration of emerging technologies and trends:

The questions I'm interested in are:
-In which ways do educators use 'Social Tools' to enhance their teaching practices?
-What motivate them to use 'Social Tools'?
-What prevent them from using 'Social Tools'?
-How do they consider the impact of using 'Social Tools' in their teaching practices?

Please add comments, join the discussion or edit the content!

B. Collaboration - It Helps to Know Who to Talk to

[1] eduMOOC EtherPads:
Here is a list of people by topic area which you can edit directly:

Here is a place to add your details in a prescribed format (Google form):
See everyone's contact details (Google spreadsheet):

C. How we get to collaboration

This map is created with Mockingbird (requires Chrome or FireFox. No IE.)

Here is another map:
Or make your own map:

Question/Answer sites:

Multi-User Text Authoring sites:


Other Groups

Internal to the University of New Mexico:
Open Source Learning Community (OSLC)