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ERIC Number: ED446729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 7
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Experiences with the BSCW Shared Workspace System as the Backbone of a Virtual Learning Environment for Students.
Appelt, Wolfgang; Mambrey, Peter
The GMD (German National Research Center for Information Technology) has developed the BSCW (Basic Support for Cooperative Work) Shared Workspace system within the last four years with the goal of transforming the Web from a primarily passive information repository to an active cooperation medium. The BSCW system is a Web-based groupware tool for asynchronous and synchronous cooperation that extends the browsing and information download features of the Web with more sophisticated features for document upload, version management, member and group administration and more, to provide a set of features for more collaborative information sharing accessible with standard Web browsers. This paper describes the system and the experiences of using the system to establish a virtual learning environment for M.A. students of the Social Science Department of the Gerhard-Mercator University in Duisburg, Germany. The field study took place in summer 1998. It demonstrated the usefulness of the system for students and teachers as well as the need for further research and socio-technical redesign. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany