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The effects of facilitation on punctuated equilibrium in e-collaboration projects

Creed, Andrew and Swanson, Donald 2007, The effects of facilitation on punctuated equilibrium in e-collaboration projects, in Proceedings of the 2nd Annual MWAIS Conference, Association for Information Systems, Atlanta, Ga..

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Title The effects of facilitation on punctuated equilibrium in e-collaboration projects
Author(s) Creed, Andrew
Swanson, Donald
Conference name Midwest United States Association for Information Systems (2nd: 2007:Springfield, Illinois)
Conference location Springfield, Illinois
Conference dates 18-19 May 2007
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 2nd Annual MWAIS Conference
Editor(s) Roman, Nick
Publication date 2007
Conference series Midwest United States Association for Information Systems Conference
Publisher Association for Information Systems
Place of publication Atlanta, Ga.
Keyword(s) facilitation
management
teamwork
e-learning
collaboration
leadership
transformation
Summary Information technology has transformed the “heartland” of education around the world. Classrooms are global, students international, but traditional methods and their adjacent challenges persist or are exacerbated in online schoolhouses. There is reason to believe that team performance of online students completing team projects can be significantly improved by the active participation of a facilitator. What could explain such improvement? Given the communication barriers that learners can experience using e-learning technologies, the skill of a teacher at facilitating an understanding of e-collaboration and the prescient need to facilitate collaborative skills at all times is essential to a successful educational result. There may also be generational learning style issues to consider. One practical, proven tool is progress reporting. This paper reviews the literature and reflects on author experiences in the online education of Management students at universities in the United States and Australia to draw theoretical connections with communication, leadership, and punctuated equilibrium relevant to contemporary educational practice. The implications of effective facilitation of student teams for Management education and management of student performance are explored.
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007966

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