Promoting Collective Intelligence Through Utilization of Web 2.0 Collaboration Tools
Abstract: Education in the United States has been marked by the concept of competition. Through extrinsic motivation, students are driven to be “better” than their classmates. Competition for scholarships, competition for college placement, and competition for grades are something to which students have become accustomed. However, the complexities of a postmodern world require us to promote collective intelligence and see both the parts and the whole that manifest through globalization. Businesses now rely on collaboration for reaching business objectives. Such abilities can be fostered through collaborative technologies (Doll, 1993; Bruns, 2008). Education, and society as a whole, can only improve if we start to acknowledge what we can learn from one another. Web 2.0 has made way for a whole new set of collaboration tools.