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Syracuse iSchool offers new course on cross-cultural collaboration in global virtual teams

Derrick L. Cogburn, Syracuse University School of Information Studies associate professor and director of the Center for Research on Collaboratories and Technology Enhanced Learning Communities (Cotelco), will teach a new course on geographically distributed collaboration this spring.

The course, IST 400/600 Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Global Virtual Teams, is an online course that meets once a week on Thursdays from 9:55 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. The course will explore distributed collaboration in a diverse set of organizational contexts, including global corporate teams, scientific collaboratories and cyberinfrastructure, eGovernment policy networks, intergovernmental organizations, transnational NGOs, and civil society advocacy networks.

Students, who can be undergraduate or graduate students, will work with a range of technologies to support geographically distributed collaboration, including, IM, web conferencing and room-to-room and desktop video and audio conferencing. Other technologies such as wikis, blogs, and social networking will also be utilized throughout the course.

Students taking the course will work with real organizations to complete a collaboration project that includes developing a comprehensive plan and working prototype for a geographically distributed collaboration strategy for their organization. In addition, students will be required to keep up to date on readings, lectures, case studies, and projects.

Doctoral students are encouraged to take the seminar as a Readings & Research (R&R) and are encouraged to meet with Cogburn as early as possible to discuss their individual theoretical and research needs.

Interested students can sign up for the course on MySlice or contact Cogburn for more information at dcogburn@syr.edu.  

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