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Distance education can be an isolating experience, akin to a correspondence course. Cooperation and collaboration are crucial components of the modern online experience.

Cooperation and collaboration

In the online environment, cooperation and collaboration are seen as critical components of the educational experience. Reciprocity and cooperation among students implies that students work together on tasks and communicate with one another to complete the tasks. Also implied is a degree of independence from the instructor. The instructor serves to structure the task or activity and then leaves the students to sort out details, assign specific tasks, and collaborate to create a group product.

Current tools feature a wide range of collaborative tools and new tools are being developed to enhance collaborative efforts. Collaboration can serve to build the social context absent in online learning and create opportunities for students to learn from one another. Online learning can be an isolating experience, if we do not intentionally design collaborative opportunities into the course.

Collaboration also supports a more active approach to learning while promoting creativity and critical thinking processes. Social interaction, rather than individual exploration, expands the student's view of the topic and what he or she thought they knew, allowing them to question previously held beliefs and explore new ones. It is important to remember, however, that collaboration does not just happen. The instructor plays a critical role in preparing students for collaborative work.


One of the ways that instructors can encourage collaboration in a distance course is to make sure students understand that the instructor values collaboration. Language emphasizing the value and importance of collaboration is important to establish the culture of the distance classroom. The types of assignments designed by the instructor also show that collaboration is valued. One of the tools in Blackboard that is useful for collaborative activities is the ability to establish groups. The group tool allows students within a group to exchange files and communicate by email, chat, and discussion board.


  • Craft language emphasizing the importance of actively participating in the learning process.
  • Emphasize the importance of multiple players to assist learning and understanding.

Questions & Answers

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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