The FishbowlTM: Degrees of Engagement in Global Teamwork

  • Renate Fruchter
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4200)


The challenge addressed in this study is to improve project based learning in cross-disciplinary, global teamwork that prepares the next generation of professionals for the global AEC market place. The paper presents the FishbowlTM learning interaction experience as a pedagogical intervention method designed to support effective knowledge transfer from professionals to students. An innovative information and communication technology augmented (ICT) workspace mediates the communicative event among professionals and global learners and allows capture, transfer, and reuse of knowledge created during the FishbowlTM pedagogical intervention. The assessment of the intervention and ICT workspace affordances, their impact on learning and team performance lead to the formalization of specific interaction zones and participants’ degrees of engagement. The paper leverages this unique AEC global teamwork course as a testbed and tech transfer conduit. The paper concludes with examples of pilot projects in support of tech transfer of both the interaction experience and ICT workspace into industry practice.


Cognitive Apprenticeship Reflective Practitioner Collaboration Technology Knowledge Reuse Project Review 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Renate Fruchter
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  1. 1.Director of Project Based Learning Laboratory (PBL Lab), Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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