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Article: Using online collaborative tools for groups to co-construct knowledge

TitleUsing online collaborative tools for groups to co-construct knowledge
Authors
KeywordsUndergraduates
Online operation
Project teams
Software tools
Knowledge management
Issue Date2011
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/info/journals/oir/oir.jsp
Citation
Online Information Review, 2011, v. 35 n. 4, p. 581-597 How to Cite?
AbstractPurpose - The purpose of this paper is to report on and describe the use of MediaWiki and Google Docs at undergraduate level as online collaboration tools for co-constructing knowledge in group project work. Design/methodology/approach - Participants included 22 undergraduate students from the Information Management Programme at the University of Hong Kong. All the students had used MediaWiki for the major project in their knowledge management course and Google Docs for their final year project. Questionnaires and semi-structured telephone interviews were administered after completion of the course/final year project. All interview conversations were audio-recorded and transcribed for analysis. Each transcript was e-mailed to the interviewee for accuracy review. The qualitative data supplemented, enriched and clarified the quantitative responses from the online surveys. Findings - The results indicated that some of the students had positive experiences using the tools for online collaboration in the group projects. Although more students found MediaWiki an effective knowledge management tool than Google Docs, many students highlighted the user-friendly features of Google Docs. Originality/value - These platforms (MediaWiki and Google Docs) gave teachers the facility to closely monitor student progress, and to provide feedback to assist in the effective management of the report-writing process. Moreover,the use of Google Docs in an academic setting remains largely unexplored in the literature, even though the collaborative features of MediaWiki and Google Docs are relatively comparable.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/159997
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 1.152
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.648
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DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorChu, SKWen_US
dc.contributor.authorKennedy, DMen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-16T06:00:18Z-
dc.date.available2012-08-16T06:00:18Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationOnline Information Review, 2011, v. 35 n. 4, p. 581-597en_US
dc.identifier.issn1468-4527-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/159997-
dc.description.abstractPurpose - The purpose of this paper is to report on and describe the use of MediaWiki and Google Docs at undergraduate level as online collaboration tools for co-constructing knowledge in group project work. Design/methodology/approach - Participants included 22 undergraduate students from the Information Management Programme at the University of Hong Kong. All the students had used MediaWiki for the major project in their knowledge management course and Google Docs for their final year project. Questionnaires and semi-structured telephone interviews were administered after completion of the course/final year project. All interview conversations were audio-recorded and transcribed for analysis. Each transcript was e-mailed to the interviewee for accuracy review. The qualitative data supplemented, enriched and clarified the quantitative responses from the online surveys. Findings - The results indicated that some of the students had positive experiences using the tools for online collaboration in the group projects. Although more students found MediaWiki an effective knowledge management tool than Google Docs, many students highlighted the user-friendly features of Google Docs. Originality/value - These platforms (MediaWiki and Google Docs) gave teachers the facility to closely monitor student progress, and to provide feedback to assist in the effective management of the report-writing process. Moreover,the use of Google Docs in an academic setting remains largely unexplored in the literature, even though the collaborative features of MediaWiki and Google Docs are relatively comparable.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/info/journals/oir/oir.jsp-
dc.relation.ispartofOnline Information Reviewen_US
dc.subjectUndergraduates-
dc.subjectOnline operation-
dc.subjectProject teams-
dc.subjectSoftware tools-
dc.subjectKnowledge management-
dc.titleUsing online collaborative tools for groups to co-construct knowledgeen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailChu, SKW: samchu@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityChu, SKW=rp00897en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/14684521111161945-
dc.identifier.hkuros203793en_US
dc.identifier.volume35en_US
dc.identifier.issue4en_US
dc.identifier.spage581en_US
dc.identifier.epage597en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000295711800004-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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