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Cooperative Learning And Collaborate Tools A Winawn Situation

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.125.1 - 1.125.4



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Gordon W. Couturier

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Session 1626


Gordon W. Couturier The University of Tampa

ABSTRACT Through the use of cooperative learning techniques and collaborative tools, a systems analysis and design class, divided into five groups of four students each was able to complete profmsional models and documentation for the analysis of five university systems in one semestds time. This included feasibility studies, studies of the existing systems and user requirements for new systems. CASE technology software provided students with tools to facilitate systen-ddata modeling, produced profmsional docurnentatio~ and enhanced group discussio~ problem solving and decision making. Cooperative learning enabled student groups to petiorrn rigorous exercises and tests that were 4-5 times harder than individually assigned problems, developed effkctive teamwork among group members and enhanced group synergy.

INTRODUCTION With the reception of a NSF grantl in 1993, The University of Tarnpa developed a laboratory of networked SUN machines to provide a Computer Aided Systems Engineering tool (Software Through Pictures2, StP) for the analysis, design and implementation of systems. In additio~ the grant was later expanded to include the implementation of a formal groupware meeting room (using V13NTANA’s 3 GroupSystems and LOTUS Notes) to assist in the collaborative efforts of a systems analysis and design class. In additio~ cooperative learning techniques were employed to encourage and enhance the collaborative tools. In the following, the results of this endeavor are related along with problems encountered on the way.

CASWGROUPWARE APPLICATIONS: During the fall semester of 1995, the CASE tool and cooperative learning techniques were used to successfidly analyze and model five team projects in a Systems Analysis & Design class of twenty students: 1. Student/advisor access @student records over school’s H This system would allow a student and/or advisor to sit down at a terminal connected to the university’s LAN, sign on and obtain the latest version of the student’s personal school records. The student records are maintained on an administrative HP minicomputer in a proprietary database. 2. On-line advising and registration system: This system would allow an advisor to access class schedule tiorrnatio~ tie into the student record access system above, and generate a proposed class schedule (in a file) with the student present. Later, the student would sign on to the LAN, retrieve the preselected class file and use it for registration on the HP administrative computer. 3. Residence W: This system will allow residence life personnel to input student roommate requests and automatically match compatible students for housing assignments. In additio~ tie associated database formed would give better demographic tiormation of the student population than the present manual methods. 4. MBA admissions tiinfonnation system At present, it is very diflicult for MBA program administrators to develop timely and accurate reports on our MBA program inquires, students, and

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Couturier, G. W. (1996, June), Cooperative Learning And Collaborate Tools A Winawn Situation Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--5943

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