Saturday, January 14, 2012

Module 3: Collaboration

Module 3 - Blog Post Discussion

Rheingold (2008) stresses that the collaboration among people as been in existing during the agricultural civilization.  His theory on collaboration correlates to Toffler’s Wave Theory.   Thornburg (2008) indicates that Toffler’s Wave Theory consists of the following:
Agricultural Age – Wave 1
·         Extended family
·         Tied to the farm land
·         Survival
·         Own small land
·         Less mobility
Industrial Age – Wave 2
·         Shift to nuclear family
·         Respond to factory model
·         Stayed in same locale
Information Age – Wave 3

·         Single family
·         Blended family
·         Children of divorced
·         Two paycheck family
·         Flexible working hours
Communication Age – Wave 4

·         Paradigm shift
·         Internet use
·         Ability to collaborate and communicate with others using technology.
Rheingold (2008) stresses that the collaboration among people has been in existing during the agricultural civilization. His theory on collaboration correlates to Toffler’s Wave Theory.

Based on the circumstance, humans have a basic instinct to “interact and work as a group.” For example, a group of individuals get shipwrecked on an island; the norm is to work as a group and make use of each other talents and skills for survival. If teachers implement technology effectively and efficiently, learners will begin to understand the benefits of working collaboratively in an online throughout the world. According to Koschmann (1994), computers and their related technologies can facilitate, augment, and even redefine interactions among member of a working group,” (p. 219). Driscoll (2005) reveals that collaborative technologies are now finding their way into instruction to support learning of students engaged in a learning task as members of a group. An important advantage of collaborative technologies that are web-based is that they can provide scaffolding (Hannafin et al., 1997) in the form of virtual access to knowledge experts and online support to make thinking visible. Students will then have the opportunity to identify learning goals, conduct investigations, keep track of their progress, think about their ideas and others, and communicate to others within and outside the actual learning community (Driscoll, 2005).

This is a current research study that has been conducted in the last 5 years that supports collaboration as an effective tool for learning:

Glenn, M.  (2008, October).  The future of higher education:  how technology will shape learning.  Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by the New Media Consortium, 1-17. Retrieved from

Driscoll, M. (2005). Psychology of learning for instruction (3rd ed.). NY: Pearson Education, Inc.

Thornburg, D. (2008).  Educational technology:  The next wave:  Part 1. (Vodcast).  Laureate Education Inc.  Retrieved from

Rheingold, H. (2008, February).  Howard Rheingold on collaboration [Video file].  Retrieved from

Michele Baylor 

Module 3:  Collaboration

I responded to the following community members:

Nadine Petrie-Waymyers

Temeka Shingles



  1. Michele,

    I like your blog. When I listen to video, the information was outstanding that he placed technology as a new age of something new and riding the wave invites us to see technology as the new wave into collaboration. Great Blog!!

  2. Carolyn,

    Thank you Carolyn for your comments and that you were able to benefit from them. I do believe that Toffler coupled Rheingold is taking us beyond the Wave 4. Perhaps Wave 5 is whatever we want it to be! Your thoughts.


  3. Hello Michelle,

    I like the way you organized your information on your blog page. When I read your post, I thought about the television series "Survivor". I could relate to what you posted about working as team or a group. All members have to use their talents to overcome obstacles and to be successful. Basically, you could say to "survive". Furthermore, I agree with you that teachers have to expose students to learning experiences that allow students to work in groups and to collaborate with each other. These types of learning environments are beneficial and successful. One of the best learning experiences that I have had as a teacher is when I collaborate with my colleagues. I learn more from their personal shared experiences. Great post!

    Sandra Dykes

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  5. Sandra,

    Thank you for your in-depth evaluation of my post. It is amazing that we all learn from each other and that if we were to take a portion of each other thoughts and ideas, we would move quickly to the next stage of our cognitive development.

    Best regards,