The evolution of the Internet has changed the nature of collaboration from a one-way web 1.0 publishing model to an interactive two-way read/write web 2.0 model. The introduction of semantic meaning to the interpretation of web content, along with the representation of space in three dimensions, is paving the way for the next wave of web 3.0 tools. Underlying this development pathway, however, is the use of technology to facilitate and (where possible) augment human interaction and communication. OEIT works with faculty to identify the most useful tools to achieve faculty goals while at the same time leveraging these interactions to inform MIT and the larger community about the use, opportunities, and limitations of collaboration environments.
Among the tools to which we are paying particular interest are: