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Collaboration

 Published on October 30, 2015 /  Written by , , and /  “Merge” by Jeff Wallace, CC BY-NC 2.0 /  2

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In November, Digital Writing Month returns to give participants a lively, supportive, and massively collaborative environment in which to think about, work in, and play around with all forms of digital writing, including text, audio, and video compositions. Learn more at the Digital Writing Month website.


How does working together, you know, work? What are the promises and pitfalls of collaboration, and how can we prepare ourselves and our students for successful collaborative activities? When collaborative projects get crazy, messy, chaotic, unwieldy, or just too darn complex, how can we still manage to navigate them? In this episode, I explore those questions and attempt not to solve, but to understand.

For several years now, folks from Hybrid Pedagogy have hosted Digital Writing Month (or DigiWriMo for short) as a digitally focused event to parallel the National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) that’s been happening since 2009. The idea was to gather a bunch of folks who were interested in playing around with the nature, possibilities, and reach of digital writing, however that gets defined.

This year’s iteration is hosted by Maha Bali, Kevin Hodgson, and Sarah Honeychurch. I’ve watched a few of their conversations as they’ve worked to bring things together for the month, and I was impressed (okay, maybe a little overwhelmed) by how they worked together. In this episode of HybridPod, I sat down with Maha, Sarah, and Kevin to explore the idea of collaboration — how it works, what it is, and how we can facilitate it in our classes.

Along the way, we talk about playing ukulele, being overwhelmed by emails, and a way to game the entire time-zone system. It’s a fun conversation.


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  1. […] “I like Michael Weller’s term of emergent goals, so there’s one thing of letting students or learners set their own goals, and then there’s another thing of allowing them to take the agency of emergent goals, so that even though maybe I start out Digital Writing Month planning to do something, that I allow myself to change those goals as I get exposed to something else and as I change and all that.” ~Maha Bali – HybridPod, Episode 7 – Collaboration […]

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