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Live and Online!: Tips, Techniques, and Ready-to-Use Activities for the Virtual Classroom by Jennifer Hofmann

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Chapter 3. An Overview of Synchronous Collaboration

One of the primary selling points of synchronous classroom tools is the ability to create effective online collaboration. The sales pitch seems to make sense. When participants learn together in a traditional classroom, they have the opportunity to directly interact with one another and with the trainer. Concerns about moving courses online often seem to be related to the anticipated loss of this peer-to-peer interaction. So if online classrooms can encourage and replicate these interactions, they become more acceptable as a delivery medium and meeting space.

Characteristics of Online Collaboration

So what is online collaboration, exactly? While everyone seems to agree that it is a good idea, no ...

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