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Supporting the Dissertation Process with Grad Tools

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Heavy use of an online collaboration and learning environment (CLE) at a large research university led the graduate school to consider how a CLE might support dissertation committees. The project team conducted focus groups with 38 student, faculty, and administrative staff to determine system requirements. Results showed that users would benefit from a tool designed to facilitate the dissertation process, especially if social norms and work-benefit disparity issues were directly addressed. The development team designed and built a dissertation navigator" in our CLE. 645 users have adopted Grad Tools, suggesting that some traditional groupware design challenges have been overcome."


Lotia, Michelle Bejian; Teasley, Stephanie D. (2005): Supporting the Dissertation Process with Grad Tools. Proceedings of the 2005 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work. DOI: 10.1145/1099203.1099231. New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery. pp. 144–147. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA