ERIC Number: ED470106
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Building a Team Collaboration in the Virtual Classroom.
Napier, Wallace; Waters, Lisa
Two investigators developed a Web-based teambuilding instructional and activities module to improve the collaboration skills of team members involved in online collaboration. This module was formatively evaluated using 24 graduate students who were enrolled in an online course that assigned two online team projects during the Fall 2000 semester. The objectives of the investigation were: (1) to explore whether or not online learners valued the virtual teambuilding (VTB) instruction they received as preparation for online team projects; (2) to explore how online learners who received specific instruction on online teambuilding perceived their actual collaboration experiences as members of a virtual team; (3) to determine the online collaboration skills online learners gained after they had completed the module; and (4) to determine whether learners believed that they would use the online teamwork skills and knowledge they gained from the instructional module in future online collaborative teams. Both quantitative and qualitative data indicated that students were satisfied with the teambuilding instruction and their virtual team experiences, gained online collaboration skills and indicated they would apply these skills to future online collaborative projects. These findings imply that educators who teach online graduate courses and assign online team projects should consider integrating online teambuilding instruction into their coursework and study the value of this instructional approach for their students. (Contains 47 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Annual Proceedings of Selected Research and Development [and] Practice Papers Presented at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (24th, Atlanta, GA, November 8-12, 2001). Volumes 1-2; see IR 021 504.