Categorizing how students use Collaborative Technologies in a globally distributed project.
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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 IEEE frontiers in education conference (FIE 2012): soaring to new heights in engineering education, 3 - 6 October 2012, Seattle, USA. Piscataway, NJ: IEEE [online], pages 1-6. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2012.6462411.
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.