Truly virtual teams: (team) work-in-progress

Oldfield, Stanley and Morse, David (2005). Truly virtual teams: (team) work-in-progress. In: The 6th Annual Higher Education Academy Subject Network for Information and Computer Science Conference, 30 Aug - 1 Sep 2005, York, UK.



This paper presents the recent involvement of the authors in the development of a new course at the UK's Open University (OU), which at the time of writing (Feb 2005) is in its first presentation. The course, entitled "M253: Team working in distributed environments", forms an integral part of the OU's named degree in Computing. It attempts to make a virtue of the fact that OU students study in a distance learning environment, by providing a structure within which team working activities are carried out with no face-to-face contact. Some of the problems encountered in designing this course and the decisions reached about how to manage and assess the students' experiences are discussed, and some directions for future development and enhancement are indicated.

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