ERIC Number: ED479556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Facing the Unknown: Distributed Project Team Guidelines.
Jansson, Eva; Ybarra, Carolyn
Teams working in distributed projects go through the same stages and encounter the same problems as typical face-to-face teams. The main difference when the environment is moved to a distributed setting is that some problems become more complex, other problems become less noticeable, and some new obstacles occur. One of the main problems with distributed work is getting to know each other and building trust, but there are other, more practical issues that also need to be dealt with when people are working together at a distance. This paper presents a set of guidelines developed from research with various distributed project based courses. Guidelines include: synchronize the teams; choose technology that works; choose the right technology for the right activity; discuss norms and rules for behavior and communication; discuss and carefully plan any face-to-face visits; have team building and social activities; and think proactively. The conclusion is that students are not conscious of the difficulties of distributed communication and collaboration, and they need guidance in resolving and avoiding common problems. (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning, Cooperative Programs, Distance Education, Guidelines, Higher Education, Problems, Student Projects, Teamwork
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Note: In: E-Learn 2002 World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education. Proceedings (7th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, October 15-19, 2002); see IR 022 093.