Collaborative Learning Technologies
Maryam Alavi (Emory University, USA), Donna Dufner (University of Nebraska, Omaha, USA) and Caroline Howard (Touro University International, USA)
Copyright: © 2005
Three basic categories of technologies are effective for extending collaborative learning beyond traditional face-to-face interactions to online learning and distance education: 1. Group support systems (GSS) 2. Collaboratories 3. Integrated learning environments. Although some of the collaborative learning technologies can be used without the Web, the Internet and World Wide Web provide the scalable global connectivity to support these technologies, with the browser serving as a ubiquitous user interface for collaborative learning applications.