Collaborative work networks among distributed learners

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This paper examines collaborative work networks and media use among a class of distributed university distance learners. Social network data on interactions via each of the available media were gathered at three times during the term. Class members made most use of Webboard, IRC, Email and face-to-face meetings. Results showed that media filled different niches in the collaborative work patterns of this distributed group and suggest that while some media were almost exclusively providing support for project work (e.g., Email), others came to provide the type of class-wide interaction that supports the exposure to ideas and experiences of others that is a requirement for collaborative learning (e.g., IRC, face-to-face).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16
Number of pages1
JournalProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1999 32nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-32 - Maui, HI, USA
Duration: Jan 5 1999Jan 8 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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