Jan 05, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes
Ewan McIntosh has wrapped up a nice series of posts introducing the role of collaboration in learning and then describing (inspired Hansen's book Collaboration) six major ways collaboration fails.
1. Collaboration is the key influence in the quality of teaching
2. Collaborating in hostile territory
3. Overcollaboration
4. Overshooting the potential value
5. Underestimating the costs
6. Misdiagnosing the problem
7. Implementing the wrong solution
To my mind, these failures of collaboration have led me to recommend a system of coooperation, based on network principles, rather than the full-blown engagement of collaboration. Your results may vary.
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