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ERIC Number: ED432311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Pages: 7
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Real-Time Collaboration over the Internet: What Actually Works?
Swigger, Kathleen M.; Brazile, Robert; Byron, Suzanne; Livingston, Alan; Lopez, Victor; Reynes, Josie
In order to provide teachers and students with electronic learning environments that support mentoring and collaboration through electronic means, the authors developed software that supports same time/different place educational collaborative activities over the Internet. These activities focus on teaching students how to organize and systematize their explorations for information and to share this information with members of a group. The software is composed of an interface that connects the hyperlink, text, graphics, video, and sound capabilities of a browser to a World Wide Web client-server environment and is augmented by local electronic help tools and computer supported collaborative tools. Collaborative activities are supported through specially designed whiteboard, chat, file, and application sharing tools. Students can access online schedules and determine whether faculty or other students are available. The system is also equipped with management and record keeping capabilities that allow teachers or trainers to analyze various collaborative activities. Students enrolled in a variety of courses at the University of North Texas used the system to collaborate with other students and teachers. Information was logged concerning overall student performance, activities performed while using the collaborative systems, and attitudes related to technology and collaboration. Results were analyzed to determine which factors contributed to successful/unsuccessful collaboration. (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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