This Saturday, I will be doing some guest lecturing in our Fast Track Executive MBA “mini-camp” here at VCU. They have asked me to demonstrate “collaborative software.” I am looking forward to this session, but the language they have used demonstrates how the world is evolving. We really do not use “software” anymore for collaboration – it is now done on the web.
I was struck by this in reviewing a post today from Read-Write-Web entitled “Back to School: 10 Great Web Apps for College Students“:
3. Google Docs
Evernote and Google Notebook are listed as note taking applications. Google Docs and Zoho are online office suites. Zotero and EasyBib help build bibliographies. Google Calendar and RTM help keep students organized. Rate My Professors helps pick the right class (debatable…but the students do use it!). And Meebo is an instant messaging app for staying in touch.
In my presentation to the Executive MBA students, I plan to do some quick polling to get a sense of what they currently use, and then suggest some quick tools built around Google applications. From Google Sites to Google Docs to Google Calendars, and of course, Google Reader, MBA students (and students in general) have a rich variety of web tools that can enhance their collaborative work and build networks for the future.
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So, building off the question Frederic Lardinois asked in his RWW posting, what am I missing? What tools would you suggest to Executive MBA students to bring their collaboration into the Web 2.0 arena?
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