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					Collaboration is a process through which parties who see
different aspects of a problem can explore constructively
their differences and search for (and implement) solutions
that go beyond their own limited vision of what is possible.

                                    ~ Ellen Taylor-Powell ~
 E-Learning in Ontario
Beyond the Pilot Projects
 Academic Initiatives Between
  Remotely Located Partners
 ORION: Ontario Research and
  Innovation Optical Network

ORION is Ontario’s high-speed fibre optic advanced
research and education network that connects the
province’s research institutions to one another, and
to the world.
•   Collaborative approach
•   8,200 km of optical fibre
•   23 points of presence across Ontario
•   Enhancing researchers’ ability to share their
      The Networks: CA*net 4

CA*net 4 interconnects ORION and the other
 provincial research networks, thus enabling Brock,
 other universities, research centres, government
 research laboratories, teaching hospitals, and
 other eligible sites, to collaborate with each other
 and with international peer networks.
          Internet 2 and Abilene

• Internet2 is a consortium being led by 206 U.S. universities
  working in partnership with industry and government to
  develop and deploy advanced network applications and
• Abilene is a proving ground for high-bandwidth
  technologies. Comparable to CA*net4, it offers 10 gigabits
  per second, with 100 megabits per second of connectivity
  between every desktop.
            DANTE & GÉANT
    Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe

• DANTE was created by 11 of Europe's National
  Research and Education Networks to provide an
  efficient and cost-effective vehicle to co-ordinate
  pan-European research networking. The GÉANT
  Project goal is to provide 30 European countries
  with gigabit speeds and global connectivity
  International R&E Networks
• AAIREP (Australia)     • JANET (UK)
• CERNET, CSTNET, &      • Internet2 (USA)
  NSFCNET (China)        • CA*net 4 (Canada)
• JAIRC (Japan)          • TANet2 (Taiwan)
• HARNET (Hong Kong)     • NORDUnet (Denmark,
• RIPN (Russia)            Finland, Iceland,
• SingAREN (Singapore)     Norway and Sweden)
• UNINET(Thailand)       • ENRED (Latin America)
• TANet2 (Taiwan)        • IUCC (Israel)
• DANTE (Europe)         • ORION Partners
     Collaboration Technologies
The term collaboration is
 here defined as the
 cooperation of individuals
 engaged in a task where
 they have common goals.
 Since the development of
 digital networks we have
 observed the evolution of
 a very wide range of
 collaboration tools.
   Collaboration Technologies
• Asynchronous Collaboration: e-mail and bulletin
  boards, allow people to interact more fluidly, but
  disconnects are unavoidable.
• Synchronous Collaboration: realtime communication
  using text chat tools, audio/video conferencing, and
  shared whiteboards
• Collaboration Environments: quasi-permanent virtual
  workspaces permit working together in one secure
  place, wherever people are located, through rich
  communications tools like text chat, audio/video
  conferencing, presence awareness, and document
  sharing. Brock Example: BAAP
       Exemplars of Brock
    ORION / CA*net4 Activities
• Drama: Collaborative teaching experience
  between Waterloo and Brock
• Physiology / Exercise Science: eduSource
  funding provides opportunity for faculty
  members at three universities (Guelph, South
  Carolina and Brock) to collaborate using
  BUILD, BRIDGIT and video conferencing.
• CTLET       Production  Team:      Interactive
  multimedia production process / techniques
  collaboration with Hong Kong Polytechnic’s
  Educational Development Centre
       Exemplars of Brock
    ORION / CA*net4 Activities
• Community Health Science: Development of
  a learning object on Probability Notation for
  Diagnostic Research; facilitated by BUILD.
  Remote participation in Ottawa Conference
  from Brock.
• Tourism:      Expertise   Sharing   between
  universities in Scotland, New Zealand, and
  Canada, using BRIDGIT and ConferencePilot.
      What We’ve Learned
• Dr. Micha Lück speaks on Remote Lectures
• Advantages gained via Expertise Sharing
     Advantages to Remote
  Video-Conferenced Instruction
• Learn from / interact with noted expert(s) in
  the field
• Different perspective on course content
• Up to date findings / models
• Variation in usual classroom routine
• Exposure to / familiarity with modern
  communications / collaboration technology
     Advantages to Remote
  Video-Conferenced Instruction
Faculty members
   Professional growth in educational
    technology integration
   Learn from / interact with expert(s) in the field
   Enrich course(s) by inviting different
    perspectives on course content
   Up to date findings / models
   Variation in usual classroom routine
   New opportunities for remote collaborations
      Advantages to Remote
   Video-Conferenced Instruction
    Gains international exposure and reputation
    Promotion of international collaboration
    Budgetary efficiencies
    Student satisfaction (e.g. course success /
     integration of educational technologies)
    Keeping up to date with new and emerging
     communication & collaboration technologies
        CTLET Technologies
• Asynchronous Collaboration: BUILD and Project
  Management Tool (BAAP). QUEST is currently under
• Synchronous Collaboration: Polycom audio/video
  conferencing, and BRIDGIT.          Enhancements to
  BRIDGIT expected by July include remote desktop
  control and movie sharing
• Collaboration Environments: Brock University’s
  CTLET is currently engaged in exploring collaboration
  environments, conducting trials of Macromedia Breeze
  and developing Flash         Communication    Server

         Mike Laurence,
Educational Technology Coordinator
         Brock University