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Designing courses to develop online teamworking skills: a helical model

Oldfield, Stanley and Morse, David (2007). Designing courses to develop online teamworking skills: a helical model. In: Informatics Education Europe II, 29-30 Nov 2007, Thessaloniki, Greece.

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Experiences of online collaborative learning are increasingly part of what recent advances in technology to support computer-mediated interaction allow us to include in undergraduate courses. These experiences can range from simple conversations and socialisation to complex virtual teamworking projects. The sequence of such experiences needs to be structured and managed so that there is a developmental dimension both within a single course and also over a student's degree programme. When we consider existing models for learning, group working, and software process, none of them adequately incorporate a sense of development. In the light of reflection on our own experience of designing and delivering a virtual teamworking course, we present a new, helical model for online collaborative learning. This model, in addition to emphasising the cyclic nature of the collaborative activities undertaken by teams tasked with solving a complex problem, also incorporates a developmental dimension, based on reflection at the end of successive phases of the problem solving process.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2007 South-East European Research Center (SEERC)
Keywords: cyclical models; development; online collaboration; reflection; teamworking
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 26276
Depositing User: David Morse
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2011 09:17
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2016 16:42
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