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Categorizing how students use collaborative technologies in a globally distributed project.

Cajander, Åsa; Daniels, Mats; Cullhed, Mats; Clear, Tony; McDermott, Roger; Laxer, Cary


Åsa Cajander

Mats Daniels

Mats Cullhed

Tony Clear

Roger McDermott

Cary Laxer


Possibilities for collaboration in globally distributed projects have radically changed with the introduction of new Collaborative Technologies (CTs) in the Web 2.0 era. The use of such technologies in the context of students collaborating in a globally distributed project is little explored in research. A better understanding would provide opportunities for improving the collaboration, and more importantly is that a better understanding would improve the possibility of scaffolding, and student learning in general. In this paper we present results from a study of students' use of CTs in a globally distributed project with a focus on the challenges encountered in trying to collaborate using this technology. The study is focused on a few aspects of how a combination of CTs could be utilized and issues associated with their set up and adaption for use. We discuss potential reasons for the observed patterns of technology use and how they influenced the collaboration environment around a globally distributed student project.

Start Date Oct 3, 2012
Publication Date Feb 19, 2013
Print ISSN 0190-5848
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Article Number 6462411
Series ISSN 0190-5848
ISBN 9781467313537
Institution Citation CAJANDER, A., DANIELS, M., CULLHED, M., CLEAR, T., MCDERMOTT, R. and LAXER, C. 2012. Categorizing how students use collaborative technologies in a globally distributed project. In Proceedings of the 2012 Frontiers in education conference (FIE 2012): soaring to new heights in engineering education, 3-6 October 2012, Seattle, USA. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE [online], article number 6462411. Available from:
Keywords Component; Survey; Reflections; Open ended group projects; Global collaboration; Collaborative technologies


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