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Communication and Media Use in Self-Organized Teams in a Technology-Enhanced Project Management Course
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, University of Vienna, Faculty of Computer Science, Austria ; , University of Vienna, Computer Science Didactics and Learning Center, Austria ; , University of Vienna, Faculty of Computer Science, Austria

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Victoria, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-03-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Technology-enhanced environments enable frequent and ad-hoc communication between team members. Communication and functioning teamwork being central success factors in project management, we studied various issues of communication in teams that elaborated project management milestones in self-organized ways within the context of an academic technology-enhanced course on project management. In this paper we explore the self-organized forming of teams, the team experience, and the kind and intensity of media used for communication between the face-to-face course units. Results show that students prefer to work with colleagues they already know and, if free to choose, decide on a mix of face-to-face and synchronous as well as asynchronous channels. Besides project contents, free social sharing seems essential for good team cohesiveness and results.

Citation

Böhm, C., Motschnig, R. & Obiagwu, L. (2013). Communication and Media Use in Self-Organized Teams in a Technology-Enhanced Project Management Course. In J. Herrington, A. Couros & V. Irvine (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2013--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 966-975). Victoria, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 18, 2019 from .

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