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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
- E10 Session Podcast: Press "Delete"
October 26, 2010
This presentation introduces the concept of macro solutions : collaborative solutions that adopt a larger-scale perspective to achieve a more efficient and cost-effective nationwide system of …
- Podcast: Basem El-Haddadeh on Directing IT at Goldsmiths, University of London
July 26, 2010
Basem El-Haddadeh is IT Director for Goldsmiths at the University of London. Goldsmiths is a college within the University of London that specialises in the teaching and research of creative,…
- Podcast Interview: Richard Northam on CAUDIT
May 6, 2010
Richard Northam is the General Manager of CAUDIT , the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology. In this conversation with Ethan Benatan , Northam explai…
- EDUCAUSE Now - #26 - 1)Disruptive Forces in Higher Ed IT 2) Educating Faculty and Students on IT Security
April 7, 2010
This month on EDUCAUSE Now we talk with two university CIOs about the disruptive forces facing higher ed IT. We also feature an interview on educating students and faculty about IT security. …
- Session Podcast: Making Progress — Measurement, Collaboration, and Communication
March 30, 2010
Technology to support the campus mission and community is vital. At Baylor, a renewed culture of assessment and continuous improvement and new IT leadership have led to more measurement and great…
- Session Podcast: Collaboration is Strategy
March 29, 2010
As open content, "above campus" economies of scale, and cloud services shape the environment for education and research, effective collaboration becomes an essential tool for IT leaders…
- ELI Session: Creative Collaboration and Immersive Engagement – The Hyperlinked Campus
February 16, 2010
Emerging technologies for communication and creation of content afford the possibility of the connected, "always on" educational environment. The Hyperlinked Campus is a model of open c…
- Podcast: The Open Annotation Project
February 2, 2010
The Open Annotation Collaboration project (OAC), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is making progress towards the establishment of an interoperable annotation environment for scholar…
- Podcast: Mary Pretz-Lawson on Starting and Maintaining a Project Management Office
December 3, 2009
Mary Pretz-Lawson is head of the Planning and Project Management Office at Carnegie Mellon University. In this interview, she shares some insights with Carol Hall about starting and maintaini…
- Library and IT Collaborations: Achieving Efficiencies and Meeting User Needs
September 17, 2009
This podcast features an interview with Patricia Steele , Dean of Libraries at the University of Maryland, and Carolyn Walters , Interim Ruth Lilly Dean of Libraries at Indiana University. …