Teaching IT professional practice with virtual teams
Naomi Augar, Annegret Goold, Deakin University ; Naomi Augar, Annegret Goold
ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference, Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
The ability to communicate effectively as part of a virtual team working in the online environment is a valuable skill to have in the modern e-workplace. Such skills can be difficult to develop in undergraduate students. This paper reports on a professional practice unit situated in a web 2.0 environment that aims to develop students’ teamwork skills. The paper also reports on research that sought to gain understanding of the student experience of interacting online in virtual teams. The results showed that students value the virtual teamwork experience, finding it useful and relevant for their future careers. The student perceptions of various aspects of virtual teamwork have improved with each subsequent offering of the unit.
Augar, N., Goold, A., Augar, N. & Goold, A. (2008). Teaching IT professional practice with virtual teams. In Proceedings of ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference 2008 (pp. 41-44). Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.