What Are Collaboration Tools? - Definition & Types

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Instructor: David Whitsett

David has taught computer applications, computer fundamentals, computer networking, and marketing at the college level. He has a MBA in marketing.

This lesson will discuss collaboration tools, a broad term used for multiple types of software or services allowing people to work together online. Learn about how these technologies work and review examples of everyday usage.

What are Collaboration Tools?

If you've ever had a project in which you've had to work with multiple people to accomplish a goal, you probably have a sense for how collaboration tools work. Collaboration is commonly defined as working with another individual or group in order to achieve something. With that, we can define a collaboration tool: a technology tool that can be used to help people work together to achieve a common goal or objective.

A collaboration tool can be something as simple as a whiteboard in a conference room that people gather around and use to brainstorm and solve problems. Another collaboration tool is a conference call, during which multiple people get together over the phone to hash out an issue. But for the purposes of this lesson, we are going to discuss online tools that allow people to work together to get a job done: email, workflow software, online workspaces, and so forth. These types of tools are also sometimes referred to as groupware.

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