Groupware for Collaborative Learning: A research Perspective on Processes, Opportunities, and Obstacles
Lynne Schrum (University of Georgia, USA)
Theodore A. Lamb (Armstrong Laboratory US Air Force Academy Operating Location, USA)
Abstract: Although the technology exists to provide collaborative distance learning and training through electronic networks and groupware, little is currently known about appropriate ways in which to structure these learning environments. This article describes two research projects using groupware for collaborative learning activities. The first was a graduate business course conducted entirely online with geographically dispersed individuals. The second project investigated the use of groupware for collaborative writing and problem solving at a military academy with undergraduate students. Results and conclusions are presented to inform others working with computer networks and groupware.
Keywords: collaborative learning, distance learning, electronic networks, groupware