A book for educators and instructional designers from Stylus:

Learning to Collaborate, Collaborating to Learn

Successful collaboration allows partners or students, to connect, work, and learn together by:

  • Using systematic approaches for online, on-ground, or hybrid collaboration;
  • Designing workflow and communications for collaborative projects or communities;
  • Training to build collaborative attitudes and skills; or
  • Evaluating collaborative processes.

What does “learning to collaborate, collaborating to learn” mean?
This book is based on four premises:

  • Collaboration is synthesis of multiple processes that involve both individual and group efforts. While collaboration is widely discussed, existing resources often refer to it in a simplistic way and make overly broad distinctions between collaborative versus individual work. “Learning to collaborate, collaborating to learn” approaches recognize the role of individual reflection and sensemaking as essential to collaboration in an educational context.
  • There are many types and degrees of collaboration.  Collaborative partners need to agree about what they intend to produce together, and the most appropriate approach to use to address the problem or complete the assignment.
  • Successful collaboration requires thoughtful plans, communication and conflict resolution, work arrangements and management. When some or all of these interactions occur online, collaborative partners need to agree on the technologies and strategies they will use when they work synchronously or asynchronously.
  • Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with these premises can be learned when academic or work assignments,  goals and assessments, are designed to address them.

Design, plan, facilitate, and assess activities that invite students and participants to learn to collaborate and collaborate to learn!

Use the Taxonomy of Collaboration as a conceptual framework and visual language for developing and using collaborative learning activities. See the book website to download a copy of the Taxonomy and the icons you can use to visualize and map collaborative projects.

Available from your favorite bookseller or the publisher!

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A book for doctoral or Masters students and early-career academics from Routledge:

Reframing and Rethinking Collaboration in Higher Education and Beyond

with Dr. Narelle Lemon

Reframing and Rethinking Collaboration in Higher Education and Beyond delves deep into a Taxonomy of Collaboration underpinned by mindful choices – being present, aware, non-judgemental, curious and open – while also considering your and others’ strengths.

In looking at how higher degree research students and early career researchers can approach collaboration, this book unpacks what collaboration is and points to the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with achieving collaborative advantage. Covering a range of issues in a variety of contexts, this book:

    • Helps you understand the meaning and value of working collaboratively.
    • Prepares you for success in collaborative academic and postgraduate career activities.
    • Invites you to use models, including the Taxonomy of Collaboration, to plan your collaborative projects.
    • Explains options for different situations through realistic examples of commonly experienced collaborative issues or problems
    • Encourages you to think about collaboration from a strengths-based approach.
    • Offers practical strategies for you can use to plan, organise and participate in collaborative activities, including ways to deal with problems and resolve conflicts.

Full of practical tips, case studies, real life situations and lived experiences, this book offers strategies that can be used in online or hybrid collaborations and is ideal reading for anyone interested in finding out how to make collaborative practice work for them.

Available from your favorite bookseller or the publisher!

Visit Routledge to learn more.