Using Facebook to improve communication in undergraduate software development teams

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  2. Terry Charlton
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Author(s)Charlton T, Devlin M, Drummond S
Publication type Article
JournalComputer Science Education
Year2009
Volume19
Issue4
Pages273-292
ISSN (print)0899-3408
ISSN (electronic)1744-5175
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As part of the CETL ALiC initiative (Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning: Active Learning in Computing), undergraduate computing science students at Newcastle and Durham universities participate in a cross-site team software development project. To ensure we offer adequate resources to support this collaboration, we conducted an experience survey amongst teams and a content analysis of their reports. This paper reports on the findings of that investigation, and shows that success in the project was often determined by the students’ communication strategies and use of available technology. Significantly, students often abandoned the technologies provided and adopted Web 2.0 technologies such as Facebook instead. Based on these findings we have developed a tool called CommonGround, designed to run on the Facebook platform, which harnesses the students’ engagement with the service. CommonGround couples the communication and “social awareness” features inherent in the Facebook platform with basic meeting, schedule and project planning facilities.
PublisherRoutledge
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08993400903384935
DOI10.1080/08993400903384935
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