Digital collaboration is using digital devices, open source data and cloud technology to share knowledge, manage information and contribute user-generated content to communities of people regardless of time or place.
Working synchronously means working together at the same time.
Synchronous collaborative tools allow you to work on the same document at the same time from different devices; or allows you to talk to and see someone online.
For example online shared documents (e.g. Google Docs, Office 365) can be synchronous if you and a friend are both typing into the same document at the same time from different devices.
Asynchronous means working together, but not at the same time.
An asynchronous collaborative tool allows you to work together with some time delay. e.g. emails and texts are asynchronous as you usually need to wait for a reply.
Collaboration can take place during a task. This may be during: Planning, drafting, doing or reviewing stages.
Benefits may include:
- Cost efficiency
- Time efficiency
- Increased productivity.
Risks may include:
- Security risk if incorrect privacy settings used.
- Accidental deletion of work.
- Inappropriate sharing and editing of work.
Tools may include:
- Shared online documents – (Google Docs/Office 365).
- Online video calling.
- Text messages.
- Social media sites – (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn).