The colleges will explore seven areas: academic program improvement; faculty development; study abroad; library resources; administrative services; compliance and risk management and enhancing diversity. The colleges may use teleconferencing to offer courses that are under enrolled at one or more of the schools. Juniata, Gettysburg and Washington & Jefferson are planning to offer a joint language course. They also will look at joint purchasing and services, such as improving security in their information technology systems, and share expertise on risk management and other areas. They’re planning to offer joint training for faculty and administrators on race, gender, class and sexual orientation issues.

Ten Pa. liberal arts colleges to collaborate on cost savings

Such a network was needed to help develop new thinking and models of collaboration in the liberal arts, Slade said. “I don’t think we can survive without being international,” she added. “The liberal arts colleges have been under enormous pressure in the U.S. because people say they are expensive and don’t really pay off in terms of jobs,” she told Times Higher Education. While acknowledging the value of science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects, which have attracted “enormous” attention in higher education, Slade explained that the liberal arts also had much to offer. “We are never going to solve the problems in Syria with bigger guns. We are only going to solve those sorts of problems by using the resources that we have in history and, maybe, psychology,” she added.

New network seeks to promote liberal arts worldwide @insidehighered

“Unizin is a strategic move by universities to assert greater control and influence over the digital-learning landscape than would otherwise be possible by any single institution,” the founders write in a news release. The four institutions are Colorado State University, Indiana University, the University of Florida, and the University of Michigan. Unizin will negotiate contracts with technology vendors for products and services that many universities already buy individually. But instead of implementing the technologies locally, member institutions will get a set of “sewn-together services” from Unizin in exchange for dues, says Bradley C. Wheeler, vice president for information technology at Indiana. The aim is to create a “common infrastructure” that will allow member institutions and their instructors to share data, software, and learning materials without worrying about losing control of student data or intellectual property.

4 Universities Band Together to Share and Protect Digital Resources – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

If you already have advice to give, you’re not listening. If you already know how this story turns out, you’re not listening…And if you already have your counterattack planned, you’re not listening…make sure that really listening is your only agenda item at that moment if you want to build trust, develop relationships, solve problems, create collaboration, and demonstrate your leadership.

3 ways to become a better listener (via fastcompany)

When people repeatedly say “I,” not “we,” when recounting their accomplishments, I get suspicious. But if they’re generous with giving credit and talk about how someone else was instrumental in their progress, I know that they give help as well as receive it. It’s also a good sign if they’ve spent time teaching. Nothing proves one’s commitment to making others successful like taking a group of students under your wing.

The Secret to Your Success? Make Others Successful | Design Thinking

Too much collaboration is hurting worker productivity

Companies love collaboration—it’s become the go-to approach to solve corporate problems and spur innovation. Yet by emphasizing it at the expense of solitary work, employers choke worker productivity and satisfaction.

A new report by Gensler, the global workplace design and architecture firm, found that workers are spending more time in focus work but feel less effective at it than before.

“Collaboration can be taken too far. It actually has diminishing returns,” said Diane Hoskins, co-CEO of Gensler, in an interview with Quartz. ”When everybody’s collaborating around you, you can’t focus.”

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Yet this incessant teamwork isn’t useful. A mountain of studies has shown that face-to-face brainstorming and teamwork often lead to inferior decisionmaking. That’s because social dynamics lead groups astray; they coalesce around the loudest extrovert’s most confidently asserted idea, no matter how daft it might be.

What works better? “Virtual” collaboration—with team members cogitating on solutions alone, in private, before getting together to talk them over. As Cain discovered, researchers have found that groups working in this fashion generate better ideas and solve problems more adroitly. To really get the best out of people, have them work alone first, then network later.

Sounds like the way people collaborate on the Internet, doesn’t it?

Clive Thompson on the Power of Introversion | Wired Magazine | Wired.com (via ninakix)

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CEOs regard interpersonal skills of collaboration (75 percent), communication (67 percent), creativity (61 percent) and flexibility (61 percent) as key drivers of employee success to operate in a more complex, interconnected environment.

IBM Study: If You Don’t Have a Social CEO, You’re Going to be Less Competitive - Forbes (via smarterplanet)

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