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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
- State U Online
April 23, 2013
Author Rachel Fishman, examines the most common challenges to implementing successful distance-education programs, including cost, quality, and faculty buy-in. Fishman decribes 5 steps to success…
- Building Blocks for College Completion: Blended Learning
December 11, 2012
Ten projects funded by Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) in the initiative’s first round of investment in 2011, known as Wave I, sought to scale the adoption of blended learning model…
- A Dozen Gurus Describe IT Collaborations That Work
May 22, 2012
What factors are most important when evaluating a specific IT collaboration? To answer this question, the authors asked an experienced group of IT leaders to analyze collaborations with w…
- Rethinking Higher Education Technology
May 9, 2012
Stephen Laster is Chief Information Officer, Harvard Business School. He is Editor of the EDUCAUSE Review Viewpoints department for 2012. These are interesting times for hig…
- IT as a Game Changer
June 6, 2012
Diana G. Oblinger is President and CEO of EDUCAUSE. This article is adapted from a chapter in the recently published book by Diana G. Oblinger, ed., Game Changers: Education …
- The Game Has Changed
March 21, 2012
Charles Henry ( email@example.com ) is President of the Council on Library and Information Resources. Brad Wheeler ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) is Vice President for Information Technology and …
- 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 …
- Highlights of the 2011 ECAR Symposium: IT as a Game Changer
September 21, 2011
This ECAR research bulletin presents highlights from the 2011 ECAR Symposium, held July 28–29 in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to a synthesis of keynote talks by Doug Lynch, University of Pen…
- Shared Services and Partnerships: The Keys to the Future of Higher Education
July 21, 2011
Luis M. Proenza is President of the University of Akron. Roy A. Church is President of Lorain County Community College. Comments on this article can be posted to the web via the link…
- Information Technology and Tomorrow's University: A President's Confessions and Advice
February 7, 2011
Jolene Koester ( email@example.com ) is President of California State University, Northridge. Comments on this article can be posted to the web via the link at the bottom of this p…