Community building and virtual teamwork in an online learning environment

BEER, Martin, SLACK, Frances and ARMITT, G. (2003). Community building and virtual teamwork in an online learning environment. In: Proceedings of the 36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2003. IEEE Computer Society.


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In the world of OTIS, an online Internet School for occupational therapists, students from four European countries were encouraged to work collaboratively through problem based learning by interacting with each other in a virtual semi-immersive environment. This paper aims to explore the issues that there was little interaction between students from different tutorial groups and virtual teamwork developed in each of the cross cultural tutorial groups. Synchronous data from European students was captured during tutorial sessions and peer booked meetings and evidence suggests that communities of interest were established. It is possible to conclude that collaborative systems can be designed, which encourage students to build trust and teamwork in a cross cultural online learning environment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © Copyright IEEE
Uncontrolled Keywords: Occupational therapy, problem based learning, Synchronous communication, Virtual teamwork, Immersive presence, Cross cultural issues.
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Computing
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Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 04 May 2007
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 13:31

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