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Community building and virtual teamwork in an online learning environment

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3 Author(s)
Beer, Martin ; Sch. of Comput. & Manage. Sci., Sheffield Hallam Univ., UK ; Slack, F. ; Armitt, G.

In the world of OTIS, an online Internet school for occupational therapists, students from four European countries were encouraged to work collaboratively through problem based learning by interacting with each other in a virtual semi-immersive environment. This paper aims to explore the issues that (1) there was little interaction between students from different tutorial groups and (2) virtual teamwork developed in each of the cross cultural tutorial groups. Synchronous data from European students was captured during tutorial sessions and peer booked meetings and evidence suggests that communities of interest were established. It is possible to conclude that collaborative systems can be designed, which encourage students to build trust and teamwork in a cross cultural online learning environment.

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System Sciences, 2003. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on

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6-9 Jan. 2003