Computer Mediated Technology as Tools for Social Interaction and Educational Processes: The Implications for Developing Virtual Teams

Computer Mediated Technology as Tools for Social Interaction and Educational Processes: The Implications for Developing Virtual Teams

Karen R. Stout (Western Washington University, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-708-9.ch011
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Abstract

Computer mediated technologies (or CMTs) enhance educational processes and are tools that have particular implications for learning and interacting in virtual teams. To better understand how educational tools may be implemented to enhance student learning in virtual teams, the author addresses Wartofsky’s (1979) explication of tools as cultural artifacts. Distinctions about primary, secondary, and tertiary tools provide a framework to analyze implementations of educational CMT research. Implications of these tools on virtual team’s cognitive skills and collaborative learning are explored. Tertiary tools are explored in particular, as they may provide virtual teams with shared interaction space and alternative representations of the social world. The author provides examples of CMT implementation and suggestions for technological and pedagogical advancements.

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