ERIC Number: ED481742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
The Other Semi-Virtual Team: Using Collaborative Technologies To Facilitate Student Team Projects.
LeRouge, Cynthia; Blanton, Ellis; Kittner, Marcy
Colleges of business are particularly known for assigning large-scale team projects as a means of enhancing learning. Though students may assemble in one location for "traditional" classroom-based learning, time and distance may create challenges as students attempt to fulfill requirements associated with large-scale team projects. This study explores the use of collaborative group tools found in common course management systems (e.g., Blackboard[C] and WebCT[C] and community sites (e.g., MSN Communities[C] as a means to address logistic and project material organization problems associated with large scale team projects in colleges of business. It investigates relationships among social and technical factors to enhance the learning outcomes that can result from student project teams deploying collaborative group tools. Specifically, this study uses qualitative inquiry of team stakeholders to compare perceptions of use of collaborative group tools from both a user and non-user perspective and develop a causal model identifying potential net benefits from the use of collaborative tools and antecedents to benefits to facilitate current understanding as well as future research. Additionally, this study provides prescriptions for use of collaborative group tools to facilitate successful application of collaborative group tools to student group projects. Includes three tables and one figure. An appendix lists the open-ended survey questions. (Contains 11 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Proceedings of the International Academy for Information Management (IAIM) Annual Conference: International Conference on Informatics Education Research (ICIER) (17th, Barcelona, Spain, December 13-15, 2002); see IR 058 850.