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Saturday, 16 February 2013

Preparing students to collaborate in the virtual work world

 

Journal cover: Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning

Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning

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Online from: 2011
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Preparing students to collaborate in the virtual work world


Document Information:
Title:Preparing students to collaborate in the virtual work world
Author(s):Lori K. Long, (Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, USA), Patricia A. Meglich, (College of Business Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
Citation:Lori K. Long, Patricia A. Meglich, (2013) "Preparing students to collaborate in the virtual work world", Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, Vol. 3 Iss: 1, pp.6 - 16
Keywords:Applied learning, Learning, Skill building, Students, Virtual collaboration
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/20423891311294948 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:Purpose – The proliferation of inexpensive and accessible internet communication tools coupled with an increasingly geographically dispersed workforce has increased the use of virtual collaboration in the workplace. To prepare students for a virtual work environment, educators must provide classroom-related opportunities to build students’ virtual collaboration skills. The purpose of this paper is to examine the use of virtual collaboration in the workplace, the implications for today's college graduates, and the need to provide students with experience in virtual collaboration. Finally, the paper provides a case study example of a course assignment to build virtual collaboration skills.
Design/methodology/approach – This paper explores preparing students to collaborate virtually through a literature review that builds an understanding of the challenges of virtual collaboration in today's workplace and the skills students must develop in order to effectively collaborate virtually. The paper then provides a case study example of a course assignment to help students build these skills.
Findings – This paper finds that virtual collaboration skills are needed for today's college graduates. Further the case study presented provides evidence that authentic course-based assignments can help build those skills.
Originality/value – While research has started to explore the effective use of virtual collaboration in the workplace, the current literature lacks direction for educators to help build the skills of future workers to prepare them for virtual collaboration.

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