Learning to collaboratively design software systems

Debbie Richards*, Andreas U. Kuswara

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Abstract

In a study conducted in 2004 we found that our students recognized the need to collaborate but that, due to inadequate communication skills, limited time and lack of experience and training in group work, the extent to which they collaborated was far less than they believed to be ideal. Since the advent of Web 2.0 we were interested to see if these increasingly tech-savvy digital natives were choosing to both collaborate more and to use technology to do so. In particular, we consider how 29 groups in a second year software analysis and design unit utilized a collaboration and project management tool known as TRAC. We suggest that different patterns of usage were observed due to different perceived affordances of the technology driven by students' interests and needs. We characterize the affordances and conclude that while we are seeing an increase in collaboration mediated by technology, more intended intervention is needed to assist students to discover a wider range of affordances.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2009 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design, CSCWD 2009
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages510-515
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781424435357
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event2009 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design, CSCWD 2009 - Santiago, Chile
Duration: 22 Apr 200924 Apr 2009

Other

Other2009 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work in Design, CSCWD 2009
CountryChile
CitySantiago
Period22/04/0924/04/09

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