In this module, you watched a video of Howard Rheingold discussing the natural instinct of people to seek groups and collaborate. Technology provides tools for collaboration across time and space, as exemplified in Wikipedia.
Reflect on Rheingold’s video, and then respond to the following:
- Do you believe that humans have a basic instinct to “interact and work as a group,” as Rheingold proposed in his discussion of the evolution of Wikipedia as a collectively developed encyclopedia?
Rheingold (2008) says “if you look back, human communication media and the ways in which we organize socially have been co-evolving for quite a long time.” I really enjoyed his video and see valid points in his presentation. Wikipedia is a great example of collaboration and collection of information that was developed in only a few years. The fact that there are so many languages and so much information passed without people picking up a phone or getting out of a chair is an amazing piece of history. It is an example that humans have a basic instinct to work together. Think of the World Wide Web. How was it started?
“Early Internet users were government and military employees, graduate students and computer scientists. Using the World Wide Web, the Internet became much more accessible. Colleges and universities began to connect to the Internet, and businesses soon followed. By 1994, Internet commerce had become a reality” (Strickland (2008).
The World Wide Web become an information highway..collaboration and collective ideas being shared and even progressed into commerce.
- How can technology facilitate collaboration among learners based on constructivist principles?
Constructivism theories are rested “on the assumption that knowledge is constructed by learners as they attempt to make sense of their experience” (Driscoll, 2005). Technology has so much to offer for facilitating collaboration. There are a infinite Web 2.0 tools. Learners are given tools such as search engines to plug in their assignments and take the route they choose to find the answer. Learning is similar to a scavenger hunt and what is the learner chooses to read and find creates their learning and organizes it.
Collaborative Web 2.0 places
Current Research Study
The research study was found through the Walden University Library Academic Research Complete. Clinical physicians and attending physicians/dermatologists collaborated with the use of iPads, cameras and video conferencing with patients on reaching conclusive diagnosis. With the collaboration and technology, 80% accuracy was reached on the diagnosis. It opened doors for success on diagnosing the derma-logical disorders. A better review and look at the area was made possible through the technology.
BRANDT, R., & HENSLEY, D. (2012). Teledermatology: The Use of Ubiquitous Technology to Redefine Traditional Medical Instruction, Collaboration, and Consultation. Journal Of Clinical & Aesthetic Dermatology, 5(11), 35-37.
Driscoll, M. P. (2005). Psychology of learning for instruction (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc..
Rheingold, H. (2008, February). Howard Rheingold on collaboration [Video file]. Retrieved from:
Strickland, Jonathan. “How did the Internet start?” 21 January 2008. HowStuffWorks.com. Retrieved from http://computer.howstuffworks.com/internet/basics/internet-start.htm on April 9, 2015.