picture source: http://www.globalkap.com/blog/ blog post from 5 March 2014
This week I had the opportunity to use Google Plus as a discussion board and Google Docs as a collaboration tool. Having used connection tools on the internet for 30 years (NASA and Cal Tech had a primitive chat tool), I may come to this assignment with a jaded view. I prefer synchronous collaboration and communication. There is no time delay. My patients was tested. I like that there was only one copy of the document we were working on. The comment tool in Google Docs was very useful. I'm not so sure about using Google plus as a discussion board. The layout of the pages made it difficult to see the order of the posts and it didn't seem to organize them well. I will have to do further investigation to know for sure.
I will continue to use online collaboration tools as I plan to teach online courses and work from multiple locations across the country. I like the picture I chose because it reminds me that the power of online collaboration is in multiple people working on the same document or problem. Everyone on the team seeing everyone's work and thought process.
I believe that there is no turning back now. Online collaboration is here to stay.