1336 - EXPERIENCING COMPUTER-SUPPORTED COLLABORATION: A LEGO® SIMULATION-BASED TRAINING
Authors : Claudine Bonneau - ESG-UQAM, Simon Bourdeau - ESG-UQAM
Friday, June 03, 2016 - Slot 6 (09:00 - 10:30)
FSEG Building - Room 301
 
The computer-supported collaboration (CSC) LEGO® simulation-based training (SBT) described in the present paper shows how LEGO® bricks and a videoconferencing platform can help management students learn first-hand about the effects of proximity and distance in collaborative work and understand the challenges and possibilities of information technology use in distributed teams. Indeed, students who participated in the SBT sessions adopted different strategies for coordinating their work and sharing information. Observations of working patterns, which occurred during the SBT sessions, were analyzed and put into perspective using the literature on collaborative work. The preliminary findings presented here show that using LEGO® bricks allows immediate participants’ immersion in the challenges facing workers in a virtually connected world and facilitates the appropriation of theoretical concepts since the bricks serve as a metaphor to represent "real-life" situation.
Keywords : Collaboration, Distributed team, Lego
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