The purpose of this study was to examine problems with the current computer-based electronic communication systems and to initially test and revise a new and different paradigm for e-collaboration, Relate@IU. Understanding the concept of sending links to resources, rather than sending the resource itself, is at the core of how Relate@IU differs from the traditional communications models. Instructional Systems Technology faculty and students were invited to participate in focus group sessions where they were presented with an initial prototype of Relate@IU. Findings from the focus group sessions indicated that the current electronic communication systems are meeting user needs, while generating new needs that currently are not being met. This report reveals these newly generated needs stemming from the problems with current electronic systems. Following the initial testing of the Relate@IU prototype, an updated computerized version was developed, named Share@IU. The authors are currently developing PHP (PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) scripts which will be tested on small scale. (Author/AEF)
In: Annual Proceedings of Selected Research and Development [and] Practice Papers Presented at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (24th, Atlanta, GA, November 8-12, 2001). Volumes 1-2; see IR 021 504.