Collaboration in a distributed world: Technological support for partially distributed teams

Matthew R. Peters, Rosalie J. Ocker, Mary Beth Rosson

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Abstract

Virtual teams are increasingly common in information technology (IT)-related fields. Many of these teams are partially distributed, with sub-teams of co-located members working from different geographic locations; thus collaboration in partially distributed teams (PDTs) is an increasingly important skill in IT fields. Though educators are aware of this, innovative teaching strategies and tools to fulfill this essential educational component are hard to find. This paper reports initial experiences with student PDT projects that were supported by a collaborative system created from open-source tools. Several iterations of the online system were tested using globally distributed teams of undergraduate and graduate students from a number of cooperating universities. We discuss the elements of collaboration support that were needed, and consider how others might implement similar PDT activities for educational purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - The 8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2008
Pages273-277
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Event8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2008 - Santander, Spain
Duration: Jul 1 2008Jul 5 2008

Other

Other8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2008
CountrySpain
CitySantander
Period7/1/087/5/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Information Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Education

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