Abstract: Cooperative Tools for Teaching: an Impact of a Network Environment
Jens Herder. Cooperative Tools for Teaching: an Impact of a Network Environment, Annual Report 1996 of the Information Systems and Technology Center, University of Aizu, pp. 3-8, 1997.
Education at the University of Aizu is focussed upon computer science. Besides being the subject matter of many courses,
however, the computer also plays a vital role in the educational process itself, both in the distribution of instructional
media, and in providing students with valuable practical experience. All students have unlimited access (24-hours-a-day)
to individual networked workstations, most of which are multimedia-capable (even video capture is possible in two
exercise rooms). Without software and content tailored for computer-aided instruction, the hardware becomes an
expensive decoration. In any case, there is a need to better educate the instructors and students in the use of the equipment.
In the interest of facilitating effective, collaborative use of network-based computers in teaching, this article explores the
impact that a network environment can have on such activities. First, as a general overview, and to examine the
motivation for the use of a network environment in teaching, this article reviews a range of different styles of
collaboration. Then the article shows what kind of tools are available for use, within the context of what has come to be
called Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW).
CAI, CAT, computer education, collaborative work, CSCW, groupware