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Lesson 5: Tools for Online Collaboration. Learning Objectives. After studying this lesson, you will be able to: Define cloud computing Create a group workspace Share a document online Describe a threaded Discussion Update a page on a wiki Add a new post to a blog

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learning objectives
Learning Objectives
  • After studying this lesson, you will be able to:
    • Define cloud computing
    • Create a group workspace
    • Share a document online
    • Describe a threaded Discussion
    • Update a page on a wiki
    • Add a new post to a blog
    • Describe what is meant by “Web 2.0”
collaborating online
Collaborating Online
  • Online Collaboration tools include:
    • Personal workspace
    • Group workspace
    • Threaded discussions
    • Wikis
    • Online conferencing
    • Social networking
    • Online file storage
online collaboration services
Online Collaboration Services
  • Examples include:
    • Google Groups
    • Windows Live SkyDrive
    • Acrobat.com
cloud computing
Cloud Computing
  • A traditional network wires everyone at a central location such as a building or a company
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Cloud Computing
  • A cloud network connects anyone with access to the Internet, all over the world
group workspaces
Group Workspaces
  • Features vary from service to service, but often include:
    • Shared files
    • Web pages
    • Threaded discussions
    • Activity updates

Files in a Google Groups workspace; one is shared with three collaborators

inviting members to a workspace
Inviting Members to a Workspace
  • Members need an electronic invitation
  • The group administrator can monitor group invitations and confirmed memberships

Invitation tracking for a Google Groups workspace

sharing documents
Sharing Documents
  • File Compatibility
    • Collaborators must have software which can open the files you share
  • File Conversion
    • You can convert a file from its native format to a different format

A Word 2010 document being converted to work with older versions of Word

uploading and downloading
Uploading and Downloading
  • You upload and download documents to the group workspace
threaded discussions
Threaded Discussions
  • Allow posting of connected messages in one or more series (threads)
    • Members can respond to the original posting, and also other responses

Original posting that started the discussion

A reply to a posting

cloud applications
Cloud Applications
  • Cloud applications can run on any Internet-connected computer
    • Not installed on the hard drive
    • Typically run within a browser window

A view of Google Docs

cloud applications1
Cloud Applications
  • Have fairly simple controls
  • Can create basic documents fairly well

Menu bar


sharing online documents
Sharing Online Documents
  • Most cloud application services let you share documents with others
    • Some services require others sharing to also have an account at the same service

Google docs lets you copy and past a link to share a file with others

web 2 0 tools
Web 2.0 Tools
  • Web 2.0 tools offer enhanced interactivity
    • Blogs—online journals others can add comments to
    • Wikis—websites others can edit and add to
    • Social Networking—Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.
    • Video Email—Send video messages without attachments