Collaborative Work Training in Higher Education

Collaborative Work Training in Higher Education

María Dolores Olvera-Lobo (University of Granada, Spain), Rosa María Castro-Prieto (University of Granada, Spain), Enrique Quero-Gervilla (University of Granada, Spain), Ricardo Muñoz-Martín (University of Granada, Spain), Eva Muñoz-Raya (University of Granada, Spain), Miguel Murillo-Melero (University of Granada, Spain), Bryan Robinson (University of Granada, Spain) and José Antonio Senso-Ruiz (University of Granada, Spain)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-885-7.ch035
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Abstract

In recent years, the influence of information and communication technology (ICT) has transformed the professional practice of translation and, consequently, led to the introduction of new techniques, methods, and media in the university teaching environment. The new technology has made professional translators’ work easier but, in order to ensure translation studies graduates meet employers’ needs, ICT must occupy its rightful place in their training. The ever-demanding market expects would-be professionals to be able to access the subject matter of any text, use a wide range of computer tools proficiently, and be versatile enough to master all aspects of the translation process. Today, the market place for translation can justly be described as global, decentralized, specialized, dynamic, virtual, and demanding (Aulaint, 2005).

Key Terms in this Chapter

Teleworking: Using information and communications technologies to perform work away from the traditional worksite typically used by the organization

BSCW: A shared workspace system. A Web-based environment for collaborative document editing and other shared work

Professional Approach to Learning: Familiarizing students with a virtual environment helps them to acquire the professional skills that will be demanded in the future, since the current information society demands the automation of most tasks, the use of teleworking and, on many occasions, distance team working.

Networks in Learning: The use of Information and communications technology (such as the Internet) to establish and maintain connections with people and information to support each other’s learning, hence a networked learning.

Collaborative Workspaces: A collaborative workspace or shared workspace is an inter-connected environment in which all the participants in dispersed locations can access and interact with each other just as inside a single entity.

Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW): The study of how people work together using computer technology.

Teamwork: Cooperative effort by the members of a group or team to achieve a common goal.

Collaborative Software: Software that allows people to work together on the same documents and projects over local and remote networks.

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