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Leveraging Technology In Collaborative Work – Foundations

Wed February 11, 2015: 3:00 pm-4:00 pm EST

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Modern knowledge work, such as that done by Extension professionals, often calls for collaborative efforts to address complex issues from a variety of angles. Using technology to facilitate collaboration can allow teams to span geographical boundaries, work at different times, easily share information, foster frequent interaction, expand the team’s expertise, and reduce costs. However, collaboration within virtual spaces is different than traditional face-to-face work and requires consideration of a variety of factors: comfort with and access to the technology, leadership, and coordination of the team, scheduling across time zones and institutions, etc.

In this webinar, we will highlight published research about technology-facilitated collaboration and discuss its benefits, challenges, and factors that contribute to success. This foundational webinar will set the stage for subsequent webinars that will address specific tools and techniques that can be used to foster the success of collaborative work using technology.


Stephen Judd

Victor Villegas

Jerry Buchko

Janyne Kizer


Leveraging Technology In Collaborative Work – Foundations – Evaluation

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Eight Ways to Build Collaborative Teams – Gratton, L. & Erickson, T. (2007)

Technologies for collaboration and cooperation. – Jarche, H. (2011)

Peering deeply into collaboration. – Jarche, H. (2014)

Networks for Change: Collaboration & Cooperation – Ogden, C. (2014)

Virtual Collaboration: The Skills Needed to Collaborate in a Virtual Environment – Roy, S. (2012)

Virtual Collaboration Spaces: Bringing Presence to Distributed Collaboration – Tate, A., Hansberger, J., Potter, S. & Wickler, G. (2014)

Enhancing the Effectiveness of Virtual and Offshore Project Teams: Guidelines for Best Practice – Witthaus, G. (2008)

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