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collaborate (v.): to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary
In higher education there are many forms of collaboration. The bigger picture view is one where organizations and institutions work together to achieve a benefit for the greater good of the community. Multi-institutional collaborations have produced cost savings and led to the creation of regional consortia. Every institution has numerous examples of various departments working together collaboratively to provide better services and products to faculty and students alike. The following is a list of various resources discussing the topic of collaboration in higher education.
- Shared Services and Partnerships: The Keys to the Future of Higher Education, EDUCAUSE Review 46, no. 4 (July/August 2011). In Ohio, the University of Akron and Lorain County Community College are collaborating to develop successful models of operation that will benefit not only their partners in the University System of Ohio but also colleagues nationally and globally.
- Perspectives in Collaboration, EDUCAUSE Review 46, no. 2 (March/April 2011). Author Joanne Kossuth discusses the use of collaboration in a higher education environment. “A collaboration is a great opportunity for a CIO to step up and lead in support of a priority of his/her president and the presidents of the partner institutions.”
- Advisory Groups to Encourage Collaboration: A Case Study, EDUCAUSE Quarterly 34, no. 3 (2011). The State University of New York (SUNY), with more than 468,000 students across 64 campuses, found that system-wide advisory groups can serve a key leadership role when seeking broad-based consensus on large initiatives.
- From Us vs. Them to We: Collaborating for Change, EDUCAUSE Quarterly 34, no. 3 (2011). These authors found that a campus wide collaborative effort was able to produce an enterprise-scale virtualization project at Indiana University that reaped rewards.
- Innovating the 21st-Century University: It’s Time! EDUCAUSE Review 45, no. 1 (January/February 2010). If colleges and universities open up and embrace collaborative learning and collaborative knowledge production, they have a chance of surviving and even thriving in the networked, global economy of the future.
Presentations and Web Seminars
- Collaboration: A Must, or a Time-Consuming Bust?, EDUCAUSE 2009. Collaboration is touted as everything from a pathway to innovation to a financial must-do, given the current economic climate. Speaker, Joanne Kossuth, provides examples of collaboration which include joint development projects, shared connectivity, jointly appointed staff, and shared library collections and access.
- Collaboration Is Strategy, EDUCAUSE 2009 Online. Speaker, Brad Wheeler, discusses how effective collaboration has becomes an essential tool for IT leaders and leading institutions. Collaboration is more than guarded partnerships or money—it requires a cohesive vision, new attitudes, principled trust, and execution to achieve valued outcomes for institutional goals. Collaborative capabilities cannot be bought; they are developed through behavior.
Constituent and Working Groups
- The ACTI Communication, Collaboration, and Mobility (ACTI-CCM) Working Group focuses on the challenges that higher-education institutions face with respect to enterprise communication, collaboration, and mobility.
- The Library/IT Partnerships Constituent Group was formed to provide a forum for discussing management issues and sharing experiences about such partnerships and collaborative efforts.
Updated June 2012
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Collaboration
- The Marketecture of Community
November 1, 2012
Brad Wheeler is Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for Indiana University and a professor of information systems in IU's Kelley School of Business. Ja…
- Harnessing the Power of Technology, Openness, and Collaboration
December 15, 2011
Key Takeaways Supporting students at risk of not completing a course and ultimately, perhaps, of not completing college requires targeted data , guided intervention , and …
- Innovation and Information Infrastructure: Making Sound Investments for E-Research
November 16, 2010
This ECAR research bulletin provides a framework to assist universities in making sound investments in research information infrastructure in an increasingly complex global knowledge economy. In…
- Open source collaboration: Two cases in the U.S. public sector
January 29, 2009
Globally, there is an emergence of open source consortia focused on the sharing of resources and code, and a desire to promote an open source approach generally. In this paper, we describe our fi…
- Happy Families, Good Fences, and Winning IT Collaborations
July 22, 2008
This ECAR research bulletin introduces the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation research on successful collaborative practices in the context of higher education. It details 20 collaborative success fa…
- Large-Scale Open Source E-Learning Systems at Open University UK
June 10, 2008
This ECAR research bulletin examines the factors leading to the selection of the open source learning management system at the Open University, details the many aspects of development work that h…
- Dynamics of Supporting Sakai Through Local and Global Collaboration
May 27, 2008
This ECAR research bulletin discusses the adjustments that the Indiana University information technology organization made, and continues to make, in order to support membership in Sakai. It has …
- IT Engagement in Research: A View of Medical School Practice Roadmap
January 23, 2008
This ECAR roadmap synthesizes the important issues and recommended actions drawn from the 2008 study, IT Engagement in Research: A View of Medical School Practice, by Mark R. Nelson. This ECAR re…
- IT Engagement in Research: A View of Medical School Practice
January 23, 2008
Abstract This ECAR research study was designed in collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges to analyze the practices and perspectives of IT organizations that support the…
- The Kuali Group: Effective Practices and Structures Foster a Successful Collaboration
September 12, 2007
This case study complements the 2007 ECAR study by Philip J. Goldstein, IT Collaboration: Multi-Institutional Partnerships to Develop, Manage, and Operate IT Resources . Researchers undertook …