A Collaborative Learning Support System for Systems Design

Takashi FUJI  Takeshi TANIGAWA  Masahiro INUI  Takeo SAEGUSA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E79-D   No.4   pp.363-372
Publication Date: 1996/04/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Bio-Cybernetics and Neurocomputing
collaborative learning,  groupware,  ICAI,  systems design,  

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In the business systems design learning environment, there may be more than one solution to any given problem. For instance, the data model will be different depending on each learner's perspective. Accordingly, group learning systems are very effective in this domain. We have developed CAMELOT (Collaborative and Multimedia Environment for Learners on Teams) [18] using the Nominal Group Technique for group problem solving. In this paper, the basic framework of the collaborative learning system and the effectiveness of collaborative learning in designing the Data Model are described. By using CAMELOT, each learner learns how to analyze through case studies and how to cooperate with his or her group in problem solving. Learners come to a deeper understanding from using CAMELOT than from studying independently because they are enabled to reach better solutions through discussion, tips from other learners, and examination of one another's works.