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Learning to collaborate

From Lone Star to Team Player
Quote: “Many companies have focused on knowledge management the last couple of years. While that has been a good start, it is only one part of the overall challenge of creating an effective collaborative organization. KM is only a special case of instilling a collaborative organization, which also includes coordinating activities and doing joint work across organization boundaries.”
Comment: Instructors/teachers/trainers are typically “lone stars” – they’re used to having control of their course, classroom, curriculum. Elearning is a collaborative process that involves many specialized skills (graphic design, web design, information architecture, instructional design, etc.). The subject matter expert is only part of the whole equation. This is a difficult mindset for instructors to overcome…some resistance to elearning may be rooted in feeling a sense of fear over losing control of course content and final decision making. Collaboration is a great concept…jas long as it doesn’t impact what an instructor does each day…:)


  1. I think the fear of being marginalized is greater than the fear of losing control. Perhaps they are the same thing, but I suspect many teachers/trainers would participate in collaborative efforts they did not control, if they felt confident their opinions would be honored and their efforts recognized.

    Monday, January 27, 2003 at 5:52 pm | Permalink
  2. gsiemens wrote:

    Terry – good distinction. When I’m involved in a collaborative effort, it’s important to have my ideas/opinions honored and efforts recognized. I’m comfortable sharing my resources as long as I don’t lose the identity attached to them. I guess this is where trust comes in…if I feel an organization will reward my collaboration through recognition…I’ll be much more inclined to participate.

    Monday, January 27, 2003 at 10:25 pm | Permalink