A cross-case comparison of BSCW in different educational settings

Nicolaas Sikkel, E.M. Gommer, Johan (CTIT) van der Veen

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationEuropean 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
    EditorsPierre Dillenbourg, Anneke Eurelings, Kai Hakkarainen
    Place of PublicationMaastricht
    PublisherUnigraphic
    Pages553-560
    Number of pages734
    ISBN (Print)9789056810979
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

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    PublisherUnigraphic

    Keywords

    • IR-58959
    • collaborative authoring
    • Shared workspaces
    • evaluation of ICT usage

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    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.