10 Rules for An Effective Virtual Workplace and Remote Collaboration

Collaborating in a virtual workplace is difficult. To help improve the collaboration on your remote team, we’ve come up with 10 rules to guide your efforts.

Source: blog.sqwiggle.com

I like these tips.  They make sense and they will make your ‘presence’ known if you telecommute to work. 

I telecommuted to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora for 8 years. It was a great job with a fantastic team. Much of what is presented in this article I learned the hard way. Save yourself time, and be a telecommuting wizard! Check it out!

12 Effective Ways To Use Google Drive In Education – Edudemic

Are you a Google Drive / Google Docs fan? Do you take notes, compose papers, construct spreadsheets, and build presentations in real-time on the web while collaborating with others? I’m not necessarily promoting Google Drive; just merely pointing out a few of the powerful ways the free tool can help you save time and keep you better organized.

Source: www.edudemic.com

Google Drive (AKA Google Docs) is a one stop shop for the blended classroom. 

Content Curation in the classroom: Scoop.it interview at the Ohio University

A class from Ohio University’s social media certificate program called Content Curation skyped with the CEO & Co-Founder of Scoop.it, a social curation site. Students live-tweeted to capture the advice and inspiration from Scoop.it CEO & Co-Founder, uillaume Decugis.

Source: storify.com

Understanding content curation as part of information fluency is one of the projects in UW-Stout’s E-Learning for Educators course. Our students create their own Scoop.it digital magazines based on their own specific interests.  It’s a class favorite every semester! 

Online Adjunct Instructor For Banking & Financial Services at South Dakota State University

Qualifications: Successful candidate should possess: (1) Master’s Degree in Banking and Financial Services from an accredited university required; (2) experience in Banking and Financial Services industry in a senior leadership role preferred; (3) experience teaching in higher education is desired; (4) experience teaching online using Desire to Learn (D2L) course management system desired.

Responsibilities: Teach Banking and Financial Services online classes. Online instructors must complete required instructor training prior to teaching assignment start date.

Source: www.simplyhired.com

6 Online Collaboration Tools and Strategies For Boosting Learning – eLearning Industry

Sharon Thomson:

These online group collaboration tools have enabled smooth and fast communication, collaboration among distantly located students and their instructors. Thus students can gain more from the experience of their instructors. These tools along with instructional design and implementation strategies devised by instructors has led to enhancement of knowledge and sharpening of students’ skills. This has allowed educational benefits to reach to more and more students globally beyond the confines of classrooms

Source: elearningindustry.com

It is interesting to see the corporate e-learning world opening up to the power of collaboration and discussion. Well crafted, expertly facilitated online learning is more often found on the Academic side of the online world. This article, aimed at corporate trainers, provides a solid introduction to an essential topic.  You’ll also find an eclectic list of time shifted and real time tools. 

Evaluator, Nursing Health Care Delivery System Organization – Western Governors Univerity


  • Minimum earned Masters Degree in a field related to nursing. A doctorate degree is preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of work experience in the field of nursing.
  • Current certification/licensure and qualifications in the nursing field.
  • Experience in the organization of health care delivery systems.
  • Experience in nursing leadership experience.

Job Location 
WORK FROM HOME, United States

Source: www.higheredjobs.com

Babel Fish? Skype Translator provides instantaneous translations for videoconferences

Story and images by Manish Singh / WinBeta Earlier this year, 

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced “Skype Translator”, a ground breaking feature which would allow two people speaking in different languages to have audio conversations. At the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced a development to that project — Skype Translator now facilitates video conferencing as well.

Source: www.telepresenceoptions.com

Ever since Douglas Adams introduced the Babel Fish concept in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I’ve been fascinated by the implications of A.I. enabled universal translation of languages. 

Here’s a step in that direction via Skype. (We all know it will be wonky and buggy at first, but it’s another step down the road to cross cultural communication.

How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them) – InformED

n less than a decade, mobile technology has spread to the furthest corners of the planet. Of the estimated 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion now have access to a working mobile phone. Africa, which had a mobile penetration rate of just 5% in the 1990s, is now the second largest and fastest growing mobile phone market in the world, with a penetration rate of over 60% and climbing.

Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/how-educators-are-practicing-mobile-learning/#ixzz3823Nvmxn

Source: www.opencolleges.edu.au

The mobile phone is the ultimate hand held computer. It’s what we hoped for watching Star Trek on TV.  Beam me up Scotty to a world of infinite information and connectivity… from anywhere on the Planet. 

See what’s happening and how things are changing from around the world! 

Google for Education

Maha Abed on 17 Jul 14
A Google Education Trainer is a bit different because it isn’t as much about what you do in your classroom, it is about really learning the tools. To become a trainer, you must pass a series of tests designed to test your knowledge of Google Tools including the Google Apps for Education Admin Panel. Once you successfully pass all tests, you are considered a “Google Apps Qualified.” To become a “Google Apps Education Trainer,” you need to submit a video, a record of past workshops you’ve given, and a case study. The purpose of this process, is to show how you use Google Apps to both train other educators and innovate instruction.

Source: www.google.com

Thanks to Maha Abed, for posting this to the Diigo Google In Education Group.https://groups.diigo.com/group/google-in-education

 Nice to see this kind of insight.