• collaborate effectively

    "Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilisation work." – Vince Lombardi


    The link between communication and collaboration is evident. How does one collaborate if they do not possess effective communication skills? Thomas Friedman, in his book The World Is Flat, reveals the essence of a “flat” world where traditional hierarchies are replaced by global partnerships and collaboration. These global partnerships redefine the workplace and the skills necessary to succeed. Regional employers said the ability to work with others was essential and sorely lacking in today’s workforce.

    So, what do we mean by collaboration? Students skilled in collaboration can,

    • demonstrate the ability to work effectively and respectfully across diverse teams;
    • exercise flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a goal;
    • assume shared responsibility for collaborative work, and value the individual contributions made by each team member; and,
    • work productively in teams for sustained periods of time to develop high quality products.

    Why are communication and collaboration so important? The McKinsey Global Institute published a study finding that increasing communication and collaboration through internal and external social technology platforms could potentially add over 1 trillion dollars of value by increasing the productivity of high-skill knowledge workers. Student who can effectively communicate and collaborate will be highly valuable in the workplace of the 21st century.


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Leadership & Initiative

Performance Area


Collaboration: Leadership & Initiative COL 1

I provide leadership by helping others in the group understand the goal and importance of the group's work.

Collaboration: Leadership & Initiative COL 2

I lead and help organize the work, check on progress, or provide focus and direction for the task, project, or challenge.

Collaboration: Leadership & Initiative COL 3

I share leadership. I know when to lead and when to follow.

Performance Area


Collaboration: Cooperation COL 4

I work to address challenges in the group through discussion and consensus-building activities.


Performance Area


Collaboration: Flexibility COL 5

I can compare and contrast diverse ideas and opinions shared by group members.

Collaboration: Flexibility COL 6

I challenge ideas and processes by presenting alternatives.

Collaboration: Flexibility COL 7

I consistently show a willingness to support the best idea based on the information exchanged.

Responsibility & Productivity

Performance Area


Collaboration: Responsibility & Productivity COL 8

I show enthusiasm about the group's work, and motivate the group.

Collaboration: Responsibility & Productivity COL 9

I know when to help and when to allow others to solve their own problem.

Collaboration: Responsibility & Productivity COL 10

I am well-prepared for group work; I complete all individual action items on time.

Collaboration: Responsibility & Productivity COL 11

My product exceeds the requirements.

Collaboration: Responsibility & Productivity COL 12

I make sufficient corrections and adjustments to the progress when needed, and provide suggestions that can assist others in their work.

Using Digital Media

Performance Area


Collaboration: Using Digital Media COL 13

I show awareness of the range of current technological tools available and how they can be used for collaboration. (ISTE ad, 4b, 3c, 6a, 7a) (11-12SL2)

Collaboration: Using Digital Media COL 14

I use technology selected to complete tasks and co-create digitally, increasing the group's productivity. I confidently collaborate using technological tools. (ISTE 2b) (11-12SL2) (8W.6)

Constructive Feedback

Performance Area


Collaboration: Constructive Feedback COL 15

I consistently provide constructive feedback to my group. (8SL1.c) (11-12SL1.b)(ISTE 1c, 2b, 7b)

Collaboration: Constructive Feedback COL 16

I use constructive feedback to improve my work and the work of the group.

Self-Reflection & Group Evaluation

Performance Area


Collaboration: Self-Reflection & Group Evaluation COL 17: (ISTE 1a, 7b)

I provide leadership by helping others in the group understand the goal and importance of the group's work.

Collaboration: Self-Reflection & Group Evaluation COL 18: (ISTE 1a, 7b)

I provide leadership by helping others in the group understand the goal and importance of the group's work.