Colloquia can be used in several contexts.
- It can be used to support distributed learning, allowing teachers
to set up learning activities, provide learning resources, assignments
and manage learning conversations, both within groups and individually
- It can support peer based learning, permitting people to set
up learning or study circles, sharing resources they have found,
and engaging in group and one-to-one learning conversations.
- It can be used as a project management tool in organisations,
allowing projects to be set up, teams put together, supporting
resources to be made available, and tasks shared; group and one-to-one
conversations can then take place as the project unfolds.
The reason Colloquia is so flexible is that it goes to the heart
of human activity - conversation. We are social creatures who define
and create our shared realities through conversations, whether the
context is education, work, or any other situation. But our conversations
are influenced and guided by the context we are in, so we have tried
to make Colloquia provide online contexts to support real life activities.
Colloquia is also very easy to set up - no need to install complex
server software. All you need is for every participant to install
a copy of the software on their machine, and as long as you have
an email address, you can get started. (NB It works just as easily
in a networked environment).