I remember when accessing the Internet was done from a command prompt through a dial up modem. It evolved in the early 90’s to a graphically (www) interface and now dedicated high speed lines add to the functionality of two way communication. Until recently the Internet was a wealth of Read Only resources. Most of us did not have a website and blogs (Weblogs) where non exisnent. All two way communication was restricted to Bulletin Board systems and chat rooms. We still have chat rooms but they are more robust than they were in the 90’s. The amount of websites and the people who had websites increased as tools were developed to simplify their creation. Everyone who wanted a website didn’t want to learn code and until products like Front Page and Dreamweaver became available you had no choice. Now we have products like WordPress that allow anyone to create a presence on the Internet. Tools that allow anyone to add content and well as read content are good examples of Web 2.0 changes.
These Web 2.0 changes will effect Internet users in many ways with one of them is improving our methods of collaboration. I have started to use Google Docs to share common documents with other teachers in my school. It is so efficient to have a central location for a document that all can contribute to. The is a simple example of collaboration. My students and I are collaborating on an Acceptable Use Policy for our blog assignments. We are using Google Docs and Email as our primary communication tools.
Collaboration is a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together in an intersection of common goals — for example, an intellectual endeavor that is creative in nature —by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus. Most collaboration requires leadership, although the form of leadership can be social within a decentralized and egalitarian group. In particular, teams that work collaboratively can obtain greater resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for finite resources.Collaboration is also present in opposing goals exhibiting the notion of adversarial collaboration, though this is not a common case for using the term