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Analysing Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) on the Web

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Summary
The project seeks to analyse computer supported collaborative learning on the web with regard to the
project management domain. The starting point for this project is an understanding of collaborative
learning and the project management domain.
The project moves on to determine the requirements of collaborative learning and the requirements of
project management. These characteristics are then used to analyse a number of collaborative learning
websites. The evaluation of said websites is the basis for the development of the design of a prototype CSCL project management workspace suitable for second year students in the School of Computing.

Table of Contents
Summary …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..i
Acknowledgements ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………ii
Table of Contents……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..iii
Chapter 1 – Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………….1
Background Information …………………………………………………………………………………………………..1
Management of the Project………………………………………………………………………………………………..2
Research Approach …………………………………………………………………………………………………………..3
Background Research ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….4
Collaborative Learning …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………4
CSCW (Computer Supported Collaborative Work)…………………………………………………………………………..6
Project Management …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….8
Chapter 2 – Requirements of Collaborative Learning ……………………………………………………9
Chapter 3 –Project Management………………………………………………………………………………..12
Chapter 4 – Analysis of CSCL websites ………………………………………………………………………21
Evaluation Methodologies………………………………………………………………………………………………..21
Heuristic Evaluation……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………21
Cognitive Walkthrough……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….24
Development of Evaluative Criteria………………………………………………………………………………….24
Heuristic Evaluation……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………25
Cognitive Walkthrough……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….27
Software Selection……………………………………………………………………………………………………………28
Chapter 5 – Evaluation and Review of Collaborative Learning Websites……………………….30
Shadow netWorkspace 2 (SNS2) ………………………………………………………………………………………30
Heuristic Evaluation……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………30
Cognitive Walkthrough……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….31
Collaborative Learning and Project Management……………………………………………………………………………31
MimerDesk……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..32
Heuristic Evaluation……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………32
Cognitive Walkthrough……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….33
Collaborative Learning and Project Management……………………………………………………………………………33
Fle3…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………34
Heuristic evaluation ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………34
Cognitive Walkthrough……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….35
Collaborative Learning and Project Management……………………………………………………………………………35
Website Comparison ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….37
Chapter 6 – Designing a Prototype Project Management Workspace…………………………….39
Requirements ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….39
Design……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..41
Chapter 7 – Evaluation of the Solution……………………………………………………………………….43
References ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………….45
Appendix A – Reflections on the Project

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