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  • 1. Event: CS/IS seminar series - October 3 rd Russell Butson Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC), University of Otago, New Zealand Acknowledgements: Carla Thomson, Assistant Research Fellow, Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC), University of Otago. *created by A. Afonso, Centre for Informatics and Systems (CISUC ), University of Coimbra, Portugal Engineering Collective Transactional Contexts* in Virtual Spaces to Enhance Academic and Professional Development.
  • 2. Title & Description
    • Engineering Collective-Transactional-Contexts in Virtual Spaces to enhance Academic and Professional Development.
    • Event: CS/IS seminar series on October 3rd
    • In this presentation I will discuss some of the emerging findings from a study of Collective Transactional Contexts with 3rd year students undertaking papers in Management and Physiology. I will give an overview of the virtual environment used and explain the overall architecture that was employed. The primary focus of this talk will be to look at the degree to which the environment supported the development of a Collective Context.
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    • Focus / Participants
    • Research Approach/Method
    • Architecture – Site
    • Contexts Defined
    • Building Structure
    • Findings so far
    Contents
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    • We are interested in the changes that result from interacting events of individuals/groups within a sociotechnical context over time.
    • Specifically..
    • the student’s intellectual functioning as mediated by the contexts and goals we have imposed.
    • the student’s use of the tools, materials and people to meet their collective goals.
    Background/Focus of this talk
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    • 60 - 3 rd year Management students
    • 45 - 3 rd year Physiology students
    Students Profile
  • 6. Students Computer Experience – 1 as at the 25/09 - 29 respondents
  • 7. Students Computer Experience – 2 as at the 25/09 - 29 respondents
  • 8. ...as at the 25/09 - 29 respondents
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    • Research Approach/Method
  • 10. Our Research Position/Influences
    • Theoretical Framework
    • Social Constructivism
    • Investigative Perspectives
    • Sociotechnical Approach
    • Actor-Network Theory
    • Emergent Design-based Approach
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  • 12. Intervention + Interaction with students / staff
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    • Virtual Environment
    • A Complex Semi-Structured Work Environment
    • Students were informed that the site required them to be active at networking, uploading and producing
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    • Context Defined
  • 15. In the present study contexts are transactional – that is they are dependant on each other within a larger environment .
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    • Building Structure
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    • Findings so far...
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  • 24. Use of Tools
  • 25. Group Members Hits Posts % Status Presentation Group-4 Phy 6 1706 50 3% Active Producers Presentation Group-1 Phy 6 887 48 5% Active Producers Tues-12-01 Mant 6 824 26 3% Active Producers Tues-03-01 Mant 6 788 29 4% Active Producers Presentation Group-3 Phy 6 603 29 5% Active Producers Presentation Group-5 Phy 5 563 2 0% Passive Viewers Presentation Group-7 Phy 5 395 10 3% Passive Viewers Mon-03-3 Mant 5 265 6 2% Passive Viewers Presentation Group-6 Phy 4 253 7 3% Passive Viewers Tues-03-3 Mant 4 246 7 3% Passive Viewers Tues-12-4 Mant 6 185 10 5% Passive Viewers Tues-03-2 Mant 6 181 7 4% Passive Viewers Tues-03-4 Mant 5 162 4 2% Passive Viewers Presentation Group-8 Phy 6 174 6 3% Passive Viewers Mon-03-1 Mant 4 125 2 2% Low Use  Presentation Group-2 Phy 5 112 2 2% Low Use  Mon-03-5 Mant 3 83 4 5% Low Use  Presentation Group-9 Phy 3 78 1 1% Low Use  Mon-03-4 Mant 6 73 2 3% Low Use  Presentation Group-11 Phy 3 64 2 3% Low Use  Presentation Group-10 Phy 5 58 2 3% Low Use  Tues-03-5 Mant 2 52 1 2% Low Use  Mon-03-2 Mant 2 49 2 4% Low Use  Tues-12-5 Mant 5 47 2 4% Low Use  Mon-11-3 Mant 2 39 0 0% Low Use  Tues-12-2 Mant 4 30 1 3% Low Use  Mon-11-2 Mant 1 26 1 4% Low Use  Tues-12-3 Mant 3 25 1 4% Low Use 
  • 26. Meetings Discussions: Arrangement of meeting – 2 week period - This process was repeated by every group Fri p.m.. A . Hey guys - can we get together next week to work on our presentation? I can meet Mon at 11, all day Tues and after 3 on Wed. Mon a.m B . Yeah, for sure – can’t do today but otha times suit me Mon p.m C . 2mr I can only do 9-10 a.m – but Wed all gd Tues a.m A . O.K. I’ll book lib rm for 2mr at 3 Tues a.m C . cool thanks– c u there Tues p.m D . sori guys can’t do meeting tomorrow – I’ve got Maori at that time Wed a.m E . neitha – just checked site- got flu- sori Thurs p.m B . Sori yea, flu got me too – so meeting didn’t happen – thanks for txt A. Let’s try for da weekend sometime? Thurs p.m. A . Hey guys -yeah we’ve really got to get our presentation sorted soon What about meeting Sat sometime between 12 and 3? Fri a.m. D . Yup – Sat avo suits me. Fri a.m. C . Hey – I’m really sorry I’ve got work Sat avo- would Sun avo suit everyone – I can do anytime. Fri p.m. A . Ok - shall we try for Sun at 1? I’ll book the rm E . I’ll be there Sat a.m. D . Hi Sorry – I can’t do 2mr’s meeting – I’ve got soccer practice. Later any gd? Say after 3? Sat a.m. B . hey guys 1 on Sun no good for me either-I can do 10-12 or after4 on Sun
  • 27. Meetings Calendar Discussions: Arrangement of meeting – 2 week period - This process was repeated by every group Fri p.m.. A . Hey guys - can we get together next week to work on our presentation? I can meet Mon at 11, all day Tues and after 3 on Wed. Mon a.m B . Yeah, for sure – can’t do today but otha times suit me Mon p.m C . 2mr I can only do 9-10 a.m – but Wed all gd Tues a.m A . O.K. I’ll book lib rm for 2mr at 3 Tues a.m C . cool thanks– c u there Tues p.m D . sori guys can’t do meeting tomorrow – I’ve got Maori at that time Wed a.m E . neitha – just checked site- got flu- sori Thurs p.m B . Sori yea, flu got me too – so meeting didn’t happen – thanks for txt A. Let’s try for da weekend sometime? Thurs p.m. A . Hey guys -yeah we’ve really got to get our presentation sorted soon What about meeting Sat sometime between 12 and 3? Fri a.m. D . Yup – Sat avo suits me. Fri a.m. C . Hey – I’m really sorry I’ve got work Sat avo- would Sun avo suit everyone – I can do anytime. Fri p.m. A . Ok - shall we try for Sun at 1? I’ll book the rm E . I’ll be there Sat a.m. D . Hi Sorry – I can’t do 2mr’s meeting – I’ve got soccer practice. Later any gd? Say after 3? Sat a.m. B . hey guys 1 on Sun no good for me either-I can do 10-12 or after4 on Sun
  • 28. Collective construction of knowledge & the development of a collective – only found in 4 groups Tool Idea Response Wiki A: Hey, this is what I’ve found for our research so far …, are you finding the same idea B: Hey guys. The vast majority of what I’ve found correlates with what A’s finding … What do you think? Blog A: Hi guys – some of us managed to meet and create an outline for our presentation … See what you think? I’ve just put general points we decided on up so feel free to change it anyone. PS. There is a link to the outline below this post B: Looks good. For my part of the topic I’m going to … Hope this helps. C: Thanks. Might be good if we all shared our ideas here. For my part, I plan to … D: I’ve made some changes to my part - have placed my ideas in the documents library on group page if you want to have a look File A: this is the thing we were looking at during the meeting tonight … it outlines the things we need to make sure we consider. Do have a look through guys and see what else you think we need B: This is my suggestion for what else we need in the overview –what do you think? C: This is the updated overview – think we’ve got it pretty sorted now. Any ideas about specific research direction? B: I don’t know how much of the theory we’re going to use, but here it is – probably need a bit of compressing A. Here are my ideas about what the most important things are to pinpoint in the theory – be good to get you guys feedback Discussion A: I’ve posted my research on the wiki. Give it a go – add whatever you want B: Thanks. Looks good. Just wondering if we need to re-direct some our research … C: I think for our research we need to keep in mind these guidelines: … A: O.K. I’ve posted my updated research …
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    • Students appeared to struggle with the research/project paradigm ...to be proactive producers rather than passive viewers.
    • Students struggled with the idea of the site being a collective. Individual viewing of content was dominant while collaborative working processes were minimal.
    • Students struggled with the process involved in group projects
      • Group identity
      • information management
      • process management (workflows)
      • co-authoring
    • Students resisted working online. ...the site was primarily used to arrange F2F meetings
    What was emerging...
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    • Would we have seen a difference if the participants were 1 st years?
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    • Would we have seen a difference if the participants were 1 st years?
    • I don’t believe so
  • 36. Thank You