Collaborative Information Behaviour in Completely Online Groups
Hernández-Pérez, Oskar
Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

Date: 2015
Abstract: Teamwork is encouraged nowadays as an imperative skill to better perform all critical factors, including information, that are involved in the project-based structures of many organizations. Due to the inherently collaborative nature of group activities, when groups search, retrieve, manage and disseminate information, new relationships with information emerge which result in collaborative informational behaviours. The aim of this research was to study a specific case of collaborative information behaviour in completely online groups, which initiated, developed and completed a teamwork project in the virtual learning environment of the Open University of Catalonia's Virtual Campus. The study methodologically developed a multidimensional analytical approach, built from a set of twelve interrelated variables in three dimensions. A field study was conducted using virtual ethnographic techniques. Findings reveal that the collaborative information behaviour in completely online groups seems to be particularly influenced by the factors related to the internal group dynamics (e. g. leadership style, degree of cohesion, or group rules).
Note: Presented at the 7th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries, Paris (France), on May the 27th, 2015
Note: Aquesta comunicació ha estat publicada per la revista Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML), Vol. 4, no. 4, december 2015, pàg. 775-787
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Language: Anglès
Document: conferenceObject
Subject: Treball en equip ; Ensenyament assistit per ordinador ; Conducta informacional colaborativa ; Trabajo en equipo ; Grupos en línea ; Entornos virtuales de aprendizaje ; Estudio de casos ; Collaborative information behaviour ; Teamwork ; Online groups ; Virtual learning environments ; Case study ; Cerca d'informació col·laborativa ; Entorn virtual d'aprenentatge ; Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Published in: International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries. París, França, : 2015

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