Citation: Ernst, J., & Clark, A. (2011). Collaborative Information and Multimedia to Assess Team Interaction in Technology Teacher Preparation. Journal of Technology Education, 22(2), 53–70.
Summary: A study of students in two advanced digital media sections (17 and 21 students). Researchers found instructions given to team members on collaboration and technology influenced knowlege held in common.
- Study introduced students to Google Documents, Skype, Wikis, Elluminate, Doodle, and Ning.
- Instructions on relevant information and multimedia communication technologies has the potential to influence team-based knowledge.
- Flexible collaborative technologies allow a heightened level of shared knowledge in the group.
- When the teachers included collaborative information and multimedia technologies into the team environment, team interaction was not enhanced.
- Information and multimedia technology can be useful for group collaboration, but it is limited by the amount of interaction among the group and how the group dynamics are controlled while using the tools.
- Study was designed to investigate and identify the impacts that web-based information and communication collaborative technologies have on team-established interaction and team knowledge formation.
- Used a Team Perception of Collaboration (TPC) assessment to measure team member interaction.
- Also used the Team Knowledge Test (TKT) to assess knowledge formation in the team.