#5 Increase my knowledge of Collaborative Computing and its relationship with ICT.
Where did you create this artifact?
The artifacts “White Paper: Collaborative Computing to Improve Work Process” and “Graduate Presentation: Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL)” was created during course ICT 509.
I chose to do research and a white paper to see if collaborative computing tools can be utilized to solve some of the workplace problems caused by differences in individual work styles. There are many collaborative computing solutions available today for businesses to choose from. This paper is not an exhaustive review of all the products and solutions available but does provide a literary summary of three commonly used business solutions.
For my graduate presentation I chose Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) as a topic to explain the opportunities for growth in student enrollment at state universities and the impact of CSCL in positioning universities to compete with for profit schools for veteran students.
What I Learned, How did you learn this?
I learned that Blackboard is computer courseware that contains a very flexible feature rich tool set that enables educators to implement advanced and complex Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) solutions. Blackboard provides a web portal for setting up an online classroom environment that offers the most popular and critical elements and infrastructure needed to build a quality collaborative team site for students and instructors.
In addition to the online classroom environment features such as web conferencing, instant messaging, video web chat and the ability to show and share presentations can also be used to enhance the collaborative learning experience. Familiar social computing tools integration with Email, Facebook, Twitter, and RSS feeds can also be added to help facilitate student engagement and interaction.
Blackboard also offers modules for conducting secure online financial transactions as well as the ability to manage physical security elements such as security cameras, control of electronic locks for door access.
With mobile support students can access their on-line environment and campus services from their mobile devices.
Why this is important:
I believe that education is important and we need to make sure that our educators and institutions have ICT tools available to them that can give them the ability to adapt to the different learning styles and needs of a diverse student population.
How can you apply?
In my role as a graduate student I will embrace Web 2.0 technologies utilized in my ICT program and work to increase my knowledge and skills in using these tools to achieve my academic goals. I will actively pursue opportunities to integrate modern ICT learning tools into my work environment by increasing my use of social media and mobile technologies in our product and service.
I can use statistical test and tools to assist me with evaluating new technology when I also have empirical data that can be measured and provide variables that can be used as part of a statistical analysis methodology.
What challenges & obstacles did you overcome?
In doing research for my presentation I had gathered what I thought was the minimum amount of sources to add validity to my research and re-enforce the thesis of my presentation. The challenge I had to overcome was to consolidate the data into short meaningful talking points without losing the fundamental key points convey in the research data and present within the time limit restraints set in the assignment.
I was able to overcome this challenge by first creating a working outline of all the key areas I wanted to cover in my presentation. I then added the assignment objectives to the outline and then adjusting to meet the presentation time requirements. As I practice the narrations I set a goal to average 30 seconds per slide and in the end I was pleased with the final results.
· White Paper: Collaborative Computing to Improve Work Process
· Graduate Presentation: Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL)