The Internet has certainly changed the face of education and learning. Whether you are looking for formal learning processes, or just an informational class it can all be found on the Internet.
The Internet is increasingly changing the way students learn and the educational process in general. In today’s educational arena we can obtain online education degrees, share information with people around the world and generally share ideas almost instantly.
This online collaborative learning field has expanded student’s horizons enormously and provides a sense of global community. You may be wondering how this all works.
Collaborative learning is based on the use of group projects. Even though students may be scattered across various geographic locations, this type of online learning allows them to share information and ideas, thus expanding the group’s experience as a whole. Students in these types of environments often use document management and sharing tools such as Google Docs as a basis for sharing and collaboration.
Online discussion, chat and forums are important to the overall collaborative efforts. Students and instructors can communicate easily with others within the group. This informal method of communication can build the community spirit of the process.
In addition, other real-time forms of communication are important. Skype and other such teleconferencing and videoconferencing tools can help bring the group together in a more active environment. These applications can also be used to bring a more formal teacher-student lecture atmosphere to the online classroom.
If you are a teacher, you may want to include this type of global collaborative environment to your classroom for an enhanced learning experience. If you are a student, look for this option to enhance your experience as well.