(1) We usually think of collaboration as students group together to solve, collaborative, a problem. I can visualize this as a problem (or course) as at the centre with students working around it.
(2) When we are faced with a problem, we would try to find information related to the problem in order to find a solution. It is an inverse of the visualization above. A student is at the centre with different information surrounding him/her to solve a his/her problem.
(3) However, it is important to note that the simplistic visualization of (1) is inaccurate because each student in (1) also brings in a lot of information. So each student should be a visualization similar to (2).
The simplistic visualization of (2) is also inaccurate because each piece of information was a problem because and has been solved collaborative by a group of people. Hence each information in (2) should be replaced by (3).
Collaboration is a fractal recursion of information/problem/solution with people.
Do you agree?