Management Learning introduces the context and history of management learning and offers a critical framework within which the key debates can be understood. The book also provides an incisive discussion of the values and purpose inherent in the practice and theory of management learning, and charts the diverse external factors influencing and directing the processes of learning. The volume concludes with a look forward towards the future reconstruction of the field.
Chapter 16: Computer Support for Management Learning
Computer Support for Management Learning
One of the major current interests in the use of computers in management learning is the potential for computers and communications technology to bring learners together in ‘virtual’ environments which support group work. Computer systems designed to support the work of groups can be classified according to several criteria. The terminology applied to these systems is diverse: groupware and computer-supported co-operative work (CSCW) systems are terms often used to mean much the same thing, although it might be argued that CSCW subsumes groupware.
Tom Rodden (1991) suggests a classification of CSCW systems which is useful when considering computer-supported co-operative learning (CSCL). The classification is based on two major characteristics common to all co-operative systems. These are the ...