The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2002: §324a
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|Recommended Citation: Birchak, C, J DeWitt, and H Rebhun. The Future of Interdisciplinary Collaboration Through the Use of Technology. In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2002, v 19 (San Antonio): §324a. ISSN: 1542-7382.
The Future of Interdisciplinary Collaboration Through the Use of Technology
Computer-mediated collaboration enables students to create learning communities across disciplines, fostering interactions of cognitive and social complexity. For the past five years, we three professors have designed and conducted a series of team projects involving students in upper-level English, speech, and business computer courses. All interaction occurs online, providing students in our multicultural, urban university and in our off-site locations with expertise in communicating with technology. They participate in project planning, exchanging and critiquing drafts of PowerPoint slides, conducting a workshop through the use of ITV, and producing HTML documents using FrontPage or Dreamweaver. In our paper we discuss strategies for implementing these interdisciplinary endeavors that encourage students to create their own knowledge collaboratively. In recent years, our cross-functional team projects reflect an awareness of computer-mediated learning environments and the need to develop the students' ability to work effectively in teams in order to succeed in a competitive, global economy.
Keywords: cross-disciplinary collaboration, computer-mediated communication, experiential learning, teams
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