Virtual Projects in Distributed Learning Environments
J. Michael Spector, Xuemei Wang, Syracuse University, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-46-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
A growing concern among those who implement online learning environments is how to effectively support and facilitate virtual group work. This paper describes four course projects in a distributed learning environment. The purpose of these efforts was to investigate the experience of students with virtual projects as a precursor to planning an online option for the capstone practicum course in the masters curriculum in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation - a course that requires substantial collaborative project work with actual clients. The particular focus of this exploratory investigation was on how distributed learning environments influence group communication, cooperation and coordination. Benefits, problems and concerns inherent in virtual group work in online course settings will be discussed. Findings include the desire of virtual project team members to meet face-to-face initially and when difficulties were encountered.
Spector, J.M. & Wang, X. (2002). Virtual Projects in Distributed Learning Environments. In M. Driscoll & T. Reeves (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2002--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2368-2371). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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