Major Effects of Collaboration Tools in Education
Collaboration tools have numerous advantages in educational activities and some major benefits are listed below:
1. Data sharing sites and software help students to share their data related to a project or assignment. For instance, in a civil engineering research group where a group of students are asked to study the soil characteristics of a large area, different groups can take readings of a defined region and then share their findings with one another, so that same activity is not repeated by all the groups. Thus, it helps in time sharing.
2. By using Google Docs, video conferencing and data sharing software like Skype or Gtalk, students can communicate to each other, irrespective of their location. For instance if two students are residing in two different hostels and are working on the same project, they can talk and share documents through collaboration tools, without having the need to meet each other personally or physically.
3. Web enabled collaboration tools are interactive, and as there is always access to Internet, one can search about any topic on the Internet to make presentations or add input to any assignment.
4. Non-regular or correspondence students always find it helpful to study through collaboration tools. They need not to visit the university personally, as everything is shared through collaboration tools. There are numerous open source collaboration tools available that are used across the globe by major universities so that a balance is maintained between the correspondent students and regular students.