Instructors' Experiences with Using Groupware to Support Collaborative Project-Based Learning

Instructors' Experiences with Using Groupware to Support Collaborative Project-Based Learning

John Day (Ohio University, USA), Hao Lou (Ohio University, USA) and Craig Van Slyke (University of Central Florida, USA)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/jdet.2004070102
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Abstract

Today’s business schools are looking for effective approaches to leverage technology to facilitate distributed learning and support collaborative group projects. Faculty need tools, methods, and best practices that can be adapted to support various learning models and learning objectives across academic disciplines. The application of groupware technology, Lotus Domino discussion databases, to support collaborative project-based learning is explored. From the instructor’s perspective, a variety of uses for discussion databases are described, including supporting course logistics, supporting student teams, and extending learning beyond the classroom. Recommendations for effective implementation include technical support issues, use of team databases, maintaining contact with remote students, and faculty time commitments.

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