A Transfer Approach for Facilitation Knowledge in Computer-Supported Collaboration

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6969)


Collaboration is an important process for companies to combine the potential and expertise of their employees. Groupware can improve the productivity of collaboration by coordinating activities and improving group communication. Considering the possible complexity of a collaboration process, the faithful appropriation of a groupware technology is fundamental to design predictable and efficient collaboration. This paper presents ongoing research on how to improve technological support for collaboration by formalizing the workflow of a collaboration process into a machine-readable process description. We will present a knowledge transfer approach for the adaptation of a logical process design by an inexperienced user. This approach transfers facilitation knowledge for the selection and configuration of a collaboration process and provides rules for instructional writing to support an inexperienced user in defining clear and explicit instructions. A software application was used to evaluate the knowledge transfer approach in a quasi-experiment with inexperienced participants.


Groupware Collaboration Facilitation Instructional Design Knowledge Transfer Approach 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Technology Policy and Management, Systems Engineering DepartmentDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Computer Science, Department of Simulation and GraphicsUniversity of MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany

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