Episode 59

"Collaborating Online"

Duration 00:17:47      Recorded on April 12, 2009

In this episode, Susan and Dan talk with Kevin Johnson of The Cutting Ed about tools and methods for collaborating online.

Show Notes:

In this episode, Susan and Dan talk with Kevin Johnson, CEO of The Cutting Ed, a consulting business focused on education, specifically distance and online education. They explore tools and methods for collaborating online. Kevin runs through the tools he uses. More importantly, he talks about ways he gets clients to be open to virtual collaboration. The tools he reviews are listed below.

An interesting side conversation is how to get business partners to look beyond the final product toward the process and tools. How do we orient clients to using tools that will help get the job done?

Content Management Systems

  • Drupal
    An open source content management system.

Project Management

  • Basecamp
    Share files, meet deadlines, assign tasks, centralize feedback within a Web-based tool.
  • DotProject
    Free Web-based project management application.
  • Huddle
    Huddle gives you simple, secure online workspaces containing powerful project and collaboration tools. Huddle is hosted, there's no software to download and it's free to get started.

Personal Tools

  • Google Calendar
    Coordinate schedules with friends and family, and find new things to do -- all with one online calendar
  • Time Driver
    Personal Web-based scheduler

Communication & Collaboration

  • DimDim
    Web conferencing tool that allows you to deliver synchronized, live presentations, share whiteboards, Web Pages, and voice over the Internet.
  • Elluminate vRoom
    Free Web conferencing tool that allows you and two others to share voice, text, an interactive whiteboard and more.
  • GoogleDocs
    Free Web-based collaboration tools for creating word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and form documents online.
  • Skype
    Free Voice Over IP application for the Web.
  • Vyew
    Free Web conferencing tool that allows you to provide presentations to others while sharing a variety of collaborative tools in a synchronous environment.
  • Yugma
    Free Web conferencing allows anyone, anywhere to instantly share their desktop and ideas online with others.
About Us

The LT Green Room is a podcast for Renewal, Retooling and Conversations about Learning. It is co-hosted by Susan Manning and Dan Balzer and its show topics are often drawn from members of LearningTimes.org, a free online community of education and training professionals from across the globe. The LT Green Room gives listeners (and ourselves) an opportunity to reflect on what they're doing behind the scene that results in an effective learning experience.


Co-Host & Producer
Susan Manning
Co-Host & Producer
Dan Balzer
Executive Producer
Carl Heine
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