Asynchronous Collaborative Learning based on Web-shared Objects: A Naturalistic Inquiry Approach

J.I. Icaza and M.A. Pérez (Mexico)


Asynchronous online learning, shared space, collaborative work, wiki servers, twiki, naturalistic inquiry


Internet and other technologies have brought many applications and models for supporting distance learning systems, particularly on-line graduate courses. By using the naturalistic inquiry qualitative research method, this work studied the way people use and interact in an electronic space named Web Shared Object (WSO), a space where the students must generate collaboratively a specific product. This study took place in an on-line MIS graduate course in a Mexican University. The article describes some aspects of the observed situation such as the use of pre-structured messages, the development of interaction patterns in student teams and the evolution of mechanisms for coordination and awareness.

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