Group work and the impact, if any, of the use of google applications for education

Maqbool, Jannat (2016) Group work and the impact, if any, of the use of google applications for education. 13th International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in Digital Age (CELDA 2016), Mannheim, Germany, 2016. (Unpublished)

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The use of group work in teaching practices has been well supported in educational theories however the researcher has experienced a number of issues or areas of concern in having students work in groups to complete a major assessment for a second year Project Management course at a leading polytechnic in New Zealand. Factors potentially influenced by the majority of students having English as their second language, the inexperience of the Lecturer in facilitating group work and the lack of tools available to or recommended for students to use in facilitating collaboration and managing the administrative aspects of group work. For the purposes of the present research there are two primary areas of interest. Firstly, the problematic experience of students in coordinating or managing the administration element of group work involving scheduling meetings, corresponding, communicating and managing documentation, and further incorporating the challenges of collaborating as a group to produce a coherent and cohesive group work output or outcome. Students were required to use a web-based portal or wiki developed using Google Applications to assist in coordinating group effort, managing documents and communication, and collaborating to develop the required output in completing the group assignment. The research is aimed at identifying and clarifying what, if any impact, using Google Sites has on group work within a cohort of students undertaking the project management course.

Item Type:Paper presented at a conference, workshop or other event, and published in the proceedings
Keywords that describe the item:Google applications, Education, Group Work
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Business, Information Technology and Enterprise > School of Business and Adminstration
ID Code:5371
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