Online Collaboration 2
There were, however, times of wailing and gnashing of teeth. One of my early experiences with online collaboration involved a group project in which each of the group members were spread across the state. At first we tried using online text chat, and wiki to organize our thoughts, plans and ideas. This took more time than we possessed. The text chat was particularly tedious. Each person had to wait for the other to respond. So much "tone" was missing. Typing is a slower process (more for some than others). We as a group finally abandoned the text chat and began using an older technology - the telephone. All three of us would get on a conference call and work out what we needed to for that time. The audio communication was much more efficient than text chat. We could hear "tone" and say much quicker what we wanted to communicate than we could type it.