Collaboration in the present is unlike what might be typically construed as collaboration of the past (even a few years ago). When we look at education as a whole, are we collaborating as we would have in the past or using the tools of the present to embrace the future?
Here are a few points of comparison that I started, feel free to add your own.
|Collaborating locally with a Team, Department, Committee or Family.||Mass collaboration with loosely joined nodes creating innovations that could not have been created in the past (Wikipedia) without nationalization or internationalization of a cause. (War, Environmental Catastrophe)|
|Send emails, leave messages in mailboxes, or snail mail.||Collaborative documents â€“ Shared Documents (Google Docs), Real Time Shared Applications (Zoho Notebook) or wikis.|
|Leave phone messages.||Instant messaging and/or Microblogging|
|School districts holding tightly to intellectual capital through.||Open licenses that encourage redevelopment of intellectual capital like Creative Commons or Freedom-Driven licensing.|
|Network of tightly controlled memberships.||Many social networks that are open to any other member joining.|
|Face to Face meetings.||Face two face meetings, mixed with video/web conferencing, skypecasts or whatever works.|
|Top down mentality of superiority.||Peer equality and co-creation.|