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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-002-10-0679


Computer-Supported Human Cooperation in Electronic Classrooms

Tomasz Müldner (Jodrey School of Computer Science, Acadia University Wolfville, Canada)

Robin A. Nicholl (Jodrey School of Computer Science, Acadia University Wolfville, Canada)

Abstract: Recently, there has been growing excitement over the use of electronic classrooms. This paper provides a carefully balanced view of the advantages of using various technological facilities to improve teaching and learning, while recognizing the continuing need for a human teacher who coordinates and controls the learning process. In particular, our view is that technology should not be intrusive and should serve as a "means" towards specific educational goals, not as an "end" in itself. To illustrate this view we offer as a "case study" our vision of a course that uses electronic classrooms to assist teachers and students.

Keywords: Computer science education, case study, computer supported cooperative work, education, electronic classrooms, groupware

Categories: K.3.2, K.4.2, K.4.3