Research and teaching in real time: 24/7 collaborative networks

Anabel Quan-Haase


The work of academics has radically changed since the introduction of social media tools. One area that has received considerable attention is that of real-time technologies for communication and collaboration. Academics can use tools such as Google Docs, Skype and Dropbox to facilitate the exchange of information, the dissemination of research findings and the creation of new knowledge in real time. The present chapter examines the concepts, theories and key study findings in the area of real-time technologies to show how these tools are being used in the academic setting. Despite the many advantages of using real-time tools for both collocated ...

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