Which Kind of Collaboration Is Right for You? The Idea in Brief As potential innovation partners and ways to collaborate with them proliferate, it’s tough deciding how best to leverage outsiders’ power. To select the right type of collaboration options for your business, Pisano and Verganti recommend understanding the four basic collaboration modes. These modes differ along two dimensions: openness (can anyone participate, or just select players?) and hierarchy (who makes key decisions—one “kingpin” participant or all players?). In the open, hierarchical mode, anyone can offer ideas but your company defines the problem and chooses the solution. Each mode has trade-offs. The Idea in Practice Understanding Your Collaboration Options Examples of Collaboration Options Choosing Your Collaboration Approach Select the collaboration mode that best suits your capabilities and strategy. Example: All too often firms jump into relationships without considering their structure and organizing principles—what we call the collaborative architecture.
Collaborative Research: Liability Issues Administrators and the Responsible Conduct of ResearchCollaborative Research: Liability Issues Business and Financial Issues (cont.) Liability for damages associated with a research project is a concern of institutions executing agreements related to collaborations. Liability, however, can also result from research misconduct that results in invalidated research findings. These are a few examples of the kinds of liability that can arise in collaborative research projects. Institution A has issued a subaward to Institution B to fund a collaborative research project. All of these situations constitute poor administrative practices and/or are actions that could subject Institution A to negative audit findings.
What Are The Core Principles of Collaboration? The notion of how we collaborate has been one that whilst often discussed has never really been nailed down. Game theory offers up the basic tit-for-tat principle whereby we collaborate until the other party proves themselves untrustworthy, at which point collaboration breaks down. A new Harvard paper delves into this issue in more detail. Author Nicholas Christakis has form in this area as he’s the author of Connected: The Surprising Power of our Social Networks. Participants in the game were allocated points. The mechanics of the game saw it split into three distinct rule sets. In each of the variations one player from each pair was reminded how the other had acted in the previous round, but only in the third variation could they act on this information and decide whether to play with their partner or ask for a new one. In all versions of the game approximately 60% of players co-operated to begin with. Furthermore, as they were shunned, the defectors began to change their behavior.
What is collaboration? What is it not? Collaborative Research: Business/Financial Issues Collaborations frequently have business or financial issues associated with them. The value of written agreements is that these issues are addressed and agreed upon at the beginning of the formal collaboration. That is not to say that disagreements or disputes cannot arise, but at least with written agreements the parties have an objective basis upon which to resolve them. Subaward: This agreement sets forth the work to be done, the budget for the work, what costs are allowable and unallowable, how payments are to be made, what financial and research-related reports are to be submitted, and, if disputes should arise, the methods by which they are to be resolved. Consulting Agreement: A collaboration may be formalized through a consulting agreement, although consulting agreements are not typically compatible with collaborations as we think of them.
How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful By Thom Markham This is a crucial time for education. Every system in every country is in the process of figuring out how to reboot education to teach skills, application, and attitude in addition to recall and understanding. That’s why so many educators are using the project based learning (PBL) model. However, it’s also time to reboot PBL. If PBL is to become a powerful, accepted model of instruction in the future, a vocabulary change may be in order — preferably to the term project based inquiry. 1. Infusing inquiry into the curriculum is the goal, so that instruction starts with questions rather than broadcasting content. First, think skills. Think strategically. Use PBL for entrepreneurial inquiry. Differentiate subjects. 2. It is impossible at this historical juncture to figure out how much students need to put into hard-wired long term memory versus how much information they simply download, pass through, and apply. Let go of theory. Analyze the project. Use direct instruction.
Three types of collaboration: Anecdote Nancy White and I have been working on a project to help our client enhance their collaboration practices. In the process we’ve identified three types of enterprise collaboration. Love to hear what you think of the idea. Nancy is riffing on this topic too and has added a bunch of other cool resources in her post. Collaboration is the act of working with people to get something done. We can look at collaboration at three levels within the enterprise. In Team Collaboration, the members of the group are known, there are clear task interdependencies, expected reciprocity, and explicit timelines and goals. In Community Collaboration, there is a shared domain or area of interest, but the goal is more often learning, rather than task. Network Collaboration steps beyond the relationship centric nature of team and community collaboration. An example of network collaboration might be members of the team in the first example above bookmarking web sites as they find them.
How to bridge professional and social networks with social media Tweet This is part of the series the 31 Day Challenge To Optimize Your Blog With Social Media. Guest post by Chris Garrett chrisg.com Many people find networking to be challenging. Being an introvert, real world networking is particularly daunting for me, but my geeky side allows me to use social media to be a much more effective networker. As I try to impress upon my Authority Blogger Course clients, networking is crucial for business and bloggers alike, even the most shy among us. You can’t do this at cocktail parties When networking online you do not have the problem of walking into a room and introducing yourself. The part I love most about networking online, though, is that you can reach more people, more often, and you do not need to hop on a plane (living in the UK, thousands of miles from the industry networking events, this is a particularly useful benefit!). Just because you can reach out to these folks doesn’t necessarily mean you should. Social media steppingstones
20 Fun Free Tools for Interactive Classroom Collaboration The 2014 Gates Foundation report, Teachers Know Best: What Educators Want from Digital Instructional Tools, indicates that teachers want tools “supporting student collaboration and providing interactive experiences”. This doesn’t come as a big surprise since these types of tools are fun and engaging. They also support 21st century skills like collaboration, communication, and creativity. You know what else teachers like? This week on EmergingEdTech, we’ve put together a listing of 20 top notch free tools that are being used in schools and classrooms to collaborate and interact on assignments, projects, and other active learning efforts. These tools deliver a wide array of functionality, from communication to collaborative document editing, whiteboards, and gaming, to full Learning Management System capabilities. 1. Twiddle provides a really easy to use collaborative online whiteboard. 2. 3. 4. 5. Yammer is a private social network. 6. 7. Vyew is a collaborative interactive white board.
Three Types of Collaboration that Drive Innovation A company that strives to be innovative must be collaborative. But not all collaboration is the same. Collaboration is an open-ended concept, one that is core to social business. Building toward a defined outcome through the interactions and input of multiple people What about collaboration in the service of innovation? Let’s start by describing three types of collaboration related to innovation: Peas in a podNew partners in crimeChallengers The facets of each type of collaboration vary, and each has its place in fostering and accelerating innovation. 1. Think about the people you turn to everyday in your work. In a 1996 study, Group Composition and Decision Making: How Member Familiarity and Information Distribution Affect Process and Performance (pdf), researchers from Stanford, Northwestern and Columbia found the following: In groups that form through natural selection, the most common bases of member attraction are similarity, proximity and prior acquaintance. 2.
Centralize project management and collaboration with Central Desktop Will Kelly reviews Central Desktop's Social Bridge, a cloud collaboration platform that includes strong project management, media management, and workflow tools. In a crowded collaboration and project management tools market, Central Desktop has managed to keep focused and stay above the fray. Central Desktop serves a wide customer base, though in the past year or so, the company has made interesting moves to become the collaboration platform of choice for marketing firms and digital agencies. Note: This post was updated to Dec. 14, 2012 to reflect that Central Desktop is now calling its product Social Bridge. Project workspaces Central Desktop uses the standard concept of project workspaces for projects. Public workspace in Central Desktop (Click the image to enlarge.) Social Bridge has customizable branding and workspace settings that govern naming, access and security, and configuration options. Manage media with Social Bridge A proof open for review (Click the image to enlarge.)
Top 10 Tips to Use Collaboration Tools in eLearning In this article, I'll share 10 tips to use collaboration tools in eLearning, so that you can create eLearning courses that are truly interactive, immersive, and innovative. Each tip, trick, and technique will allow you to not only more effectively utilize collaboration tools, but to make social collaboration an integral part of your eLearning strategy. Collaborative learning is an important part of eLearning. It allows learners to benefit from the experience of their peers, become fully engaged in their own learning experience, and more effectively acquire and retain information. Find collaboration tools that are easy to use, accessible, and ideal for your learning goals. Regardless of the collaboration tools that you will decide to use while developing your eLearning courses or deliverables, by keeping these collaboration tool tips in mind you will have the ability to take full advantage of the features they offer.