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E-Collaboration in Educational Organizations: Opportunities and Challenges in Virtual Learning Environments and Learning Spaces

E-Collaboration in Educational Organizations: Opportunities and Challenges in Virtual Learning Environments and Learning Spaces
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Author(s): Sofia Th. Papadimitriou (Hellenic Open University, Greece) and Spyros Papadakis (Hellenic Open University, Greece)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 27
Source title: Collaborative Convergence and Virtual Teamwork for Organizational Transformation
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Jingyuan Zhao (University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4891-2.ch006

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Abstract

The chapter explores the use of virtual learning environments (VLE) to support learning spaces in schools/universities and illustrates their advantages to enhance e-collaboration and its key dimensions. Case studies of learning management systems (LMSs) point out the use of synchronous or asynchronous communication and highlight the advantages, the requirements, and the relevant constraints. In particular, this chapter emphasizes in the development of e-collaborative experiences at schools/universities based on LMSs to support both students and educators in their complex work. VLEs will be presented aiming to e-collaboration and their numerous services to enhance differentiated pedagogy. Case studies of e-collaborating in communities of practice and exemplary LMSs are illustrated in a comparative table highlighting how they support key dimensions of e-collaboration. Finally, the chapter highlights discussion themes raised by e-collaborating in VLEs and generally in learning spaces. Proposals for further development of e-collaboration and conclusions are drawn and commented.

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