Undergraduate management students’ perceptions of what makes a successful virtual group

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Title Undergraduate management students’ perceptions of what makes a successful virtual group
Author Gapp, Rod Peter; Fisher, Ron James
Journal Name Education + Training
Editor Dr M McCracken
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald
Abstract Purpose – There are a number of factors that are essential to understanding the pedagogy, learning and knowledge requirements of developing virtual platforms for delivering effective course interaction using the World Wide Web (the web). The purpose of this paper is to focus on web-based group work amongst undergraduate management students, during a two-year study investigating the development of virtual groups as an important problem-solving and learning-enhancement process. Design/methodology/approach – This study is based on the identification of successful groups undertaking undergraduate management courses, where group work is a compulsory component of the course assessment. Focus groups are used to collect a broad qualitative understanding of perceptions of students in relation to success factors. Lexical analysis is then used to analyse data. Findings – Lexical analysis provides four clear clusters that the subjects consider are essential to group learning and performance. The outcomes of the findings link directly back to the design of learning activities and the future direction of the research. Originality/value – Value is created as it advances use of the web from one of information dissemination to one of engagement and learning enhancement. Keywords Internet, Undergraduates, Group work, Virtual groups, Focus groups, Virtual learning environment, Lexical analysis, Learning enhancement, Management education, Virtual learning Paper type Research paper
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00400911211210279
Copyright Statement Copyright 2012 Emerald. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 54
Issue Number 2/3
Page from 167
Page to 179
ISSN 0040-0912
Date Accessioned 2012-06-04
Date Available 2013-06-03T00:40:15Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Business and Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/47108
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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