We evaluate the use of BSCW shared workspaces in higher education by a comparison of seven courses in which this environment was used. We identified a number of different functions for which the BSCW environment has been used. Effectiveness for the given task appears to be a prime success factor for using ICT. But an effective tool may fail due to other factors like ease of use and organisational, social-cultural or technological obstacles. In some cases BSCW was adequate, but abandoned in favour of more efficient tools for performing the same task. The particular strength of a shared workspace is providing a repository for objects of collaborative work. While other types of usage showed mixed results, it is this core functionality for which BSCW is most effective and quite efficient.
|Title of host publication||European perspectives on computer-supported collaborative learning : proceedings of the first European conference on computer-supported collaborative learning : March 22-24, 2001, Universiteit Maastricht, the Netherlands|
|Editors||Pierre Dillenbourg, Anneke Eurelings, Kai Hakkarainen|
|Place of Publication||Maastricht|
|Number of pages||734|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
- collaborative authoring
- Shared workspaces
- evaluation of ICT usage
Sikkel, N., Gommer, E. M., & van der Veen, J. CTIT. (2001). A cross-case comparison of BSCW in different educational settings. In P. Dillenbourg, A. Eurelings, & K. Hakkarainen (Eds.), European perspectives on computer-supported collaborative learning : proceedings of the first European conference on computer-supported collaborative learning : March 22-24, 2001, Universiteit Maastricht, the Netherlands (pp. 553-560). Maastricht: Unigraphic.