Supporting the Dissertation Process with Grad Tools

dc.contributor.authorLotia, Michelle Bejian
dc.contributor.authorTeasley, Stephanie D.
dc.description.abstractHeavy 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."en
dc.publisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
dc.relation.ispartofProceedings of the 2005 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work
dc.subjectonline learning environments
dc.subjecthigher education
dc.titleSupporting the Dissertation Process with Grad Toolsen
gi.citation.publisherPlaceNew York, NY, USA
gi.conference.locationSanibel Island, Florida, USA