Collaboration refers to the ability to collaborate effectively with peers to problem solve and produce research, materials and resources in online and blended learning or working environments.

Digital Literacy Framework, 2019

What do you want to do?

Are you looking to:

    • Create and manage collaborative environments
    • Use digital planning and scheduling tools to manage projects and teams
    • Use online sharing capabilities to develop shared content

Find below:

    1. How you are encouraged to develop your collaboration skills
    2. The tools and resources you can use to develop your digital practice, including the activities above
    3. Case studies to inspire new ideas or provide guidance for developing your practice

Developing Collaboration

To develop collaboration in a digital environment, you are encouraged to:

  • Enhance your skills by participating in online communities and networks, developing and sharing relevant content digitally with peers from a diversity of backgrounds within the university 
  • Extend your practice by participating effectively in online communities and networks, developing and sharing relevant content digitally with peers from a diversity of backgrounds beyond the university  
  • Become empowered by mentoring others using digital resources, and share findings from online communities and networks, to support the work of others 

Collaboration: scheduling and connecting networks to develop shared content

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Tools and resources to support development

A number of digital resources and face-to-face-training are provided by the university to support the development of collaboration within a digital environment.

You can create collaborative online spaces using Minerva and Collaborate Ultra, or go for a more blended approach using specially designed Collaborative Learning Spaces. Find out more about how to host discussion forums and interactive sessions using these spaces on the Learning Technologies page.

Office 365 also offers a number of apps to facilitate content-sharing, scheduling meetings and managing projects. In particular, Teams, Whiteboard, Sharepoint, and Planner are useful tools for collaboration.

Read more about the benefits of using these tools and spaces on the Collaborative Spaces page.

You can also visit the Training Programmes page to book onto relevant training workshops.

Case studies

Explore relevant case studies below, or browse our collections on the Casebook@Leeds website or the Digital Practice Case Studies Stream channel.

Developing interdisciplinary learners: does experience reflect intention?
Teaching in Collaborative Learning Spaces