ECI 719 601 DE Online Special Topics: Comp-Supp Collab Lrng: Theories, Models & ProcessesInstructor of Record: Michael A. EvansTeaching Assistant: Elena VladimirovaPrerequisites: NoneSyllabus: Available Upon RequestCourse OverviewThis course has examines selected human, social and technical issues and concepts of computer-supportedcooperative work, computer-supported collaborative learning, and social networking. Topics include:the ways that groups work in the networked organization; analysis and design of group-supportsystems; the theory, user-centered analysis and design of groupware; social-networking andcommunity-learning technologies; and future directions of these technologies. The course includestheoretical and research literature on the design of social and collaborative systems.When you have completed this course, you should be able to:
- Apply collaborative, cooperative and social computing concepts and techniques to analyze
- potential organizational requirements.
- Apply selected collaboration and social computing systems to meet specific application
- Evaluate behavioral aspects of collaborative work environments.
- Discuss research literature on social and collaboration computing.Groupware systems are socio-technical systems, so their design must be driven by the human andsocial needs of users and user communities. Accordingly, this course looks at various approaches forstudying, analyzing and evaluating system requirements—particularly, for cooperative, collaborativeand social-computing systems. Course readings cover classic papers defining the CSCW field,examples of groupware applications for cooperation in the workplace and for collaborative learning,and considerations for groupware evaluation.This course is designed and organized to support collaborative learning; work in small groups is theprimary learning activity; the instructor’s role is primarily to structure, assess and guide the experience.The instructor’s knowledge, experience and perspective are well represented through the readings.Students will prepare presentations on the readings, working in online small groups. Critical, creative,well-grounded views on the readings are encouraged. The course will focus on a group design projectthat explores the leading edge of research on social and collaborative computing, allowing theselection of current topics to follow student interests.The course requires careful reading of 50-75 pages a week. It requires writing critical reviews of thereadings, collaboration on a group project with group reports (including about an hour per week ofsynchronous small-group chat), and participation in online class discussion.This one-time course offering may not be repeated in the future. The content and instructor of thiscourse change each time it is offered. This is an opportunity to benefit from the instructor’s ownperspective on groupware design and research.
For more information, please contact Dr. Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.