Developing Online Team Skills

Oldfield, Stanley and Morse, David (2006). Developing Online Team Skills. In: 3rd E-learning Conference - Computer Science Education, 7-8 Sep 2006, Coimbra, Portugal.



This paper discusses the development and delivery of a new course at the UK Open University (OU). The course makes a virtue of the fact that OU students study in a predominantly distance learning environment, by providing a structure within which team working activities are carried out with no face-to-face contact whatsoever. Issues that were considered in designing this course and decisions about tutoring and assessing the students' team working experience are discussed. Preliminary results from the first delivery of the course, including analysis of archived team conferences, are presented. Directions for future development and enhancement are indicated.

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