Impacts of Technology (U3)

Virtual Collaboration

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Christian Bien

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What is Virtual Collaboration?
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Virtual Collaboration refers to using online technologies to allow for communication between two or more people in different geographical locations.

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What are some examples of virtual collaboration?
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Virtual collaboration occurs any time users use online platforms to communicate and collaborate with each other, such as: - Communication: Skype, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Email and FaceTime - Collaborative work: Google Docs and Microsoft 365

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What are the advantages of virtual collaboration?

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Advantage 1: Reduced costs - managers do not have to rent meeting rooms. Advantage 2: Increased productivity - employees do not have to travel to meeting areas. Advantage 3: Delayed Communication - employees can start a conversation at one time, stop and resume it at another time. Advantage 4: Employee flexibility - option for employees to work remotely at client sites or for working at home.

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What are the disadvantages of virtual collaboration?
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Disadvantage 1: Misinterpretations - communication could be misinterpreted due to the limits on emotions and body language in virtual collaboration. Disadvantage 2: Security vulnerabilities - easier to record or hack virtual communication. A user of virtual collaboration could use a screen recorder to record meetings without knowledge of other users. Disadvantage 3: Confusion over ownership of collaboration material - Who owns collaborately produced files? Disadvantage 4: Communication is limited to internet speeds and bandwidths. Disadvantage 5: Additional training may be required to teach employees how to use virtual collaboration software and technology.

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