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Reviews of Team-Based Design: Collaborative Learning Across Time and Space:

  • John Hilgeman

    I find the concept of constructive conflict very interesting. I grew up in a family that justified perpetual argument with the idea that it was actually constructive conflict. I personally thought that it only created frustration and ulcers. Initially, I could not see how this was a psychologically healthy learning tool. However, I realized that such conflict can be wonderful if both parties agree to engage in it. I was glad to hear about it as a concept for learning because I realized that it is worth using if I trust the person I am engaging. I feel that hearing Susan’s talk helped me form a new opinion of group work, and collaboration.

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  • Diana P Ayala

    WOW, this presentation seems to be quite motivated since, it was about the advances of mobile computers and wireless communications. In how it helpful to have mobile computer and why we should have one. It is speically useful for a student in graduate school and even an undergrate who is taking upper level classes.

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  • Ferdinand Laurino

    I never thought conflict can be constructive. I guess there¡¯s no such thing a perfect idea and also every collaboration research there will be always a conflict of ideas. Through conflict and the ability to accept suggestions will lead to better outcome. The idea of being a enclosed room and the ability to record every suggestion and come back to the right moment were the group left off is a very helpful to get things done. This can be very helpful tool to save time and money to stream line the whole process during design time.

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  • Rosanne Weiling Chien

    There are so many courses that are offered in school across the country that require projects and team assignments. But I feel as though if the student team is not working physically working together, it may be difficult to get certain points across and even have successful collaborative learning. Granted that successful teams have to work at being successful (meaning that they have to do work to make sure all the teammates are up to date and that everyone is on track), having a faculty monitor the teamwork and determine where problems arise in terms of teamwork may not be effective. By physically being present rather than using devices like a mobile computer, there might be more success, especially when the team the very unproductive and uncoorporative.

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  • Gregory Nathaniel Heasley

    I found the idea of a "smart room" to be an interesting concept for a learning environment. Achieving a working system for this would, of course, mean that schools would need to be willing to spend the necessary resources to outfit their campus(which doesn't seem likely). What I wished she have spent more time on was the wearable computers her class has built. I thought it was pretty interesting and could have real benefits for construction.

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  • Ethan Hilleary Whitesell

    I feel that the concept of collaborative learing is very useful in a group environment. However, in an environment like the smart-room, I feel that nothing can replace good, old fashioned face-to-face team work. Although, in todays day and age the digital tools are what people seem to want.

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  • Julie Dawn Pravitz

    I found this study of collaborative learning and the various methods of improving communication and interaction interesting. But I question how useful these approaches are in the real world. I feel as though the composition of a team's natural personalities and skills is much more powerful than any tool or method that could be used to help a group of people collaborate well. The various personality types was briefly mentioned- the mix of personalities that is needed to build a good team; the critique, the idea-giver, the planner, etc. It would be interesting to see the mix of each personality type within a group that functions the best in a group of 3, 6, and 10.

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  • Eithon Michael Cadag

    Keen discussion, from a theoretical aspect. How can we help to support collaborative work easier? It's a very unique approach, to utilize the environment around a set of users, and augmenting it to improve their working experience.

    It would be nice to see, aside from applicative research on this subject, some reports on validation. User effectiveness, improvements to rate of work, etc. would show concretely that augmented collaborative environments are worth the undoubtedley high price they command.

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  • Scott Brandon McDonald

    Virtually every student at every level of education has collaborated on a project. Collaboration is a great way to learn and has proven beneficial time after time. In this talk, I enjoyed hearing about the studies done on how different people work together in groups. When people start collaborating by remote, though, I think that you lose some of the benefit. All the innovations that currently exist still cannot replace the effectiveness of collaborating in a single place.

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