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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:

  • Blogs – weblogs for publishing and soliciting public commentary; MIT class blogs
  • Microblogs – text message formatted mini-blogs
  • Wikis – read/write web tools with version control – MIT class wikis
  • TeamSpot– collaboration among team or class members on a common shared display


Haynes Miller

ECS is collaboration space for instructors who teach communications-intensive courses to share insights and best practices.

Jesus del Alamo
Steve Lerman

Online laboratories (“iLabs”) are experimental systems that can be accessed through the Internet from a regular web browser. iLabs allow students and educators in science and engineering to carry out experiments from anywhere at any time.

Haynes Miller

The Math-CI Space is an online community where instructors of communication-intensive courses in mathematics can share materials and actively discuss teaching ideas. 

Richard Larson

Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies (BLOSSOMS) is an international, collaborative open education project that provides a series of freely available interactive lessons presented in a widely accessible video format.

Project Description
MIT's wiki service originally began as a pilot, pioneered by OEIT. Through integrating Atlassian's Confluence wiki into MIT's security and authentication system, OEIT created a wiki environment which was both secure and flexible.

David Karger
Sasha Zyto

NB (nota bene) is a web-based collaborative annotation tool that facilitates communication among students and their instructors, and is centered around better understanding of course reading material.

Elizabeth Wood

This digital timeline shows connections among a range of social groups experiencing the complex upheavals of the Russian Revolution. Student-generated data populates the timeline with links to student's research and analysis.

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