Supporting the formation of distributed project teams in online learning settings
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AbstractThis PhD proposal aims to initiate research into the formation of distributed project teams in self-directed online learning settings, like Learning Networks that support lifelong learning. In order to maximize project-based learning outcomes, literature suggests that project team formation experts (e.g. teachers forming teams) form project teams based on criteria like an assessment of prior knowledge and personal preferences of prospective team members. However, in Learning Networks project team formation cannot be organised in the same way, due to the lack of project team formation experts and the anticipated heterogeneity of its users. Our primary goals are to develop a project team formation model for distributed project teams in online learning settings and to develop a computer-based project team formation service that approximates the suggested project team formation expert’s behaviour. The service will allow self-directed lifelong learners to match themselves with other learners to form project teams, with little or no expert intervention. The outcomes of the research will be published in journal papers and be presented at conferences; the service will be made publicly available under an appropriate open source license.
Spoelstra, H. (2010). Supporting the formation of distributed project teams in online learning settings. PhD-proposal.