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Use of Virtual Science Park resource rooms to support group work in a learning environment

Lau, L.M.S., Curson, J., Drew, R., Dew, P.M. and Leigh, C. (1999) Use of Virtual Science Park resource rooms to support group work in a learning environment. In: Hayne, S.C., (ed.) Proceedings of the International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work. Association for Computing Machinery , New York , pp. 209-218. ISBN 1581130651

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This paper presents a detailed evaluation on the acceptability of a range of synchronous and asynchronous collaborative tools provided within the Virtual Science Park (VSP) for group work in a learning environment. In this study, the VSP was used to provide a web-based 'Resource Room' adopting the familiar 'folder' metaphor for structuring and linking resources, and a number of different user interfaces for interaction and sharing information. A list of criteria is established for the evaluation. By using scenario testing and structured questionnaires, qualitative feedback was collected from 43 Masters students. The findings reinforce and add to the concerns highlighted in other studies, in particular, the importance for shared awareness, privacy, conventions for interaction and the provision of an effective multimedia environment. More attention will be needed in these areas for effective use of these groupware tools.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 1999 ACM. Freely available online.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > School of Geography (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Computing (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2007 18:23
Published Version: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/320297.320322
Status: Published
Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery
Refereed: No
Identification Number: 10.1145/320297.320322
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1817

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