A cross-case comparison of BSCW in different educational settings


Sikkel, Klaas and Gommer, Lisa and Veen, Jan van der (2001) A cross-case comparison of BSCW in different educational settings. In: Pierre Dillenbourg & Anneke Eurelings & Kai 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. Unigraphic, Maastricht, pp. 553-560. ISBN 9789056810979

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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.
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