Ubiquitous Collaboration (uC) Learning: Connecting the Physical and Virtual Worlds

By Walter Rodriguez, Stephen M. Fiore, Kristine De Welde, Deborah S. Carstens and Veton Z. Këpuska.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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The workplace is rapidly evolving to reflect distributed workgroups that overcome the barriers created by geographical distance and time. And yet, the technical underpinnings that influence social interactions, contribute to different cultural/organizational contexts, or classroom learning experiences are understudied. This paper provides the research framework for the analysis, research and development of virtual organizations as sociotechnical learning systems with the primary goal of improving team-teaching and distributed team-learning by connecting the physical and virtual worlds. Our research objectives are: (a) to better understand the socio-technical conditions that can enhance ubiquitous learning; (b) to develop and enhance ubiquitous team-collaboration via Ubiquitous Collaboration (uC) Learning systems; and, (c) to examine the impacts of uC in test organizations so as to integrate research, education, and practice. To meet these objectives we have assembled a broadly interdisciplinary and diverse team of researchers with experience spanning sociology, psychology, engineering and business. This approach provide the varied analytical lenses of these disciplines as well as to converge on a richer understanding of distributed collaborative learning in a diverse population—including women and men, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities.

Keywords: Ubiquitous Learning, Team Collaboration, Physical and Virtual Worlds

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.43-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.581MB).

Prof. Walter Rodriguez

Professor, Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, Florida Gulf Coast University, FL, USA

Dr. Walter Rodriguez, P.E., is Professor and Director of Grants and Research at the Lutgert College of Business, Florida Gulf Coast University. In addition, he serves as Director of the Institute for Technological Innovation. Formerly, he was holder of the Alico Endowed Chair and Eminent Scholar in Operations Management & Strategy and was Founding Chair of the Departments of Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, and Decision Sciences as well as FGCU's Florida Engineering Education Delivery System (FEEDS) program. Professor Rodriguez teaches Internet-based Information Systems courses incorporating e-business operations management and strategy. He obtained his Ph.D. in engineering project management (interdisciplinary CE/ISE) from University of Florida in 1982. He founded and chaired the Engineering Computer Graphics Program at Georgia Tech (1985-1993) and was awarded the Harvard Foundation Medal (1994) and a Postdoctoral Fellowship (Information Technology) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1996), while holder of the Louis Berger Endowed Chair at Tufts University. Dr. Rodriguez research focuses on visual-based systems development, advanced distributed learning technologies, and e-business operations management and strategy. He has published over 120 research articles and four McGraw-Hill books. During the last 30 years, he has obtained continuous National Science Foundation and private industry sponsored grants in: systems development, collaborative decision-support, distributed learning technologies, and multi-project management areas.

Dr. Stephen M. Fiore

Director, Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, University of Central Florida, FL, USA

Director, Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, Institute for Simulation and Training University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 2005-present Assistant Professor, Cognitive Sciences Program, Department of Philosophy, University of Central Florida, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Dr. Kristine De Welde

Florida Gulf Coast University, USA

Deborah S. Carstens

Associate Professor, Management Information Systems, College of Business, Florida Institute of Technology, FL, USA

Dr. Deborah Carstens is the Director for the Activity Based Total Accountability (ABTA) Institute and an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF), MBA from Florida Tech and B.S. in Business Administration also from UCF. She is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and CompTIA Project+ Information Technology. Dr. Carstens joined Florida Tech in Fall 2003. Previously, she worked for NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) from 1992 through 2003. She currently instructs undergraduate and graduate courses in MIS, human-computer interaction, usability, IT project management and system design and development. She has had an opportunity to work on funded research grants as her research interests are in human error analysis research resulting in the optimization of systems, safety, processes and human performance.

Veton Z. Këpuska

Florida Institute of Technology, FL, USA