Tech Tip 8 - Collaboration in 2010

Published: 9/26/2012 8:07 AM
​Thomas Edison, when asked why he had a team of twenty-one assistants, he responded “If I could solve all the problems myself, I would.”  Even Thomas Edison, who held 1,093 patents, understood the value of teamwork. 
So how can we collaborate and work with others when we have so many obstacles in the way? Here are a few ways to leverage technology for collaboration even when travel isn’t an option.
·    Webcasts – Tuning into a webcast allows you to receive information without actually having to attend an event in person.  A webcast can be something as simple as 1 speaker giving a speech, or it might include visual aids such as PowerPoint slides, recorded video clips, or panels of speakers discussing different topics.
·    Webinars – Webinars take the idea of a webcast and build onto it.  A webinar usually features collaborative, interactive elements that allow for communication between the speaker and their audience.  
·    Attending conferences virtually – Many professional organizations are now offering virtual attendance opportunities at their conference events.  While conference fees may still apply, traveling to the physical location can be optional.  Be sure to ask conference organizers if they’ll be webcasting sessions and/or providing materials digitally for those who can’t attend.  These virtual sessions often combine both webcast and webinar elements. 
·    Teleconference – Last but not least, teleconferencing is an inexpensive way to speak with small groups of people simultaneously.  While it’s the least complex of the options here, it’s also the most widely used. 
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Published 1/15/2010
Matt Jury
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