ERIC Number: EJ886645
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 26
Computer-Mediated Collaborative Projects: Processes for Enhancing Group Development
Dupin-Bryant, Pamela A.
Journal of Applied Research for Business Instruction, v6 n2 2008
Groups are a fundamental part of the business world. Yet, as companies continue to expand internationally, a major challenge lies in promoting effective communication among employees who work in varying time zones. Global expansion often requires group collaboration through computer systems. Computer-mediated groups lead to different communicative behaviors that have a "profound effect upon group structure, process, and development." To prepare students for success in the business world, instructors must assist students in developing necessary skills to collaborate effectively via computer systems. The purpose of this paper is to share innovative ideas for incorporating computer-mediated collaborative projects into business courses so instructors can help students develop and practice computer-mediated communication skills. Three major learning objectives include: (1) defining computer-mediated communication (CMC) along with its unique attributes, benefits, and limitations; (2) describing CMC projects; and (3) sharing ideas for implementing CMC projects in business courses.
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Group Structure, Communication Skills, Employees, Cooperation, Models, Group Dynamics, Cues, Teacher Student Relationship, Educational Environment, Synchronous Communication, Asynchronous Communication, Electronic Mail, Decision Making, Computers, Educational Technology, Business Administration Education
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