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Designing for Collaboration: Tool Development to For Small Group Organization

Whyte, Jenny (2018) Designing for Collaboration: Tool Development to For Small Group Organization. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Whyte, Jenny

Collaboration plays a vital role in innovation and can be made easier through facilitation, frameworks and tools which direct the thinking process of the group. There is a gap in methods used to address the dynamics of small group formation and conflict mediation, presenting an opportunity space for a design process inquiry. Student experiences in collaborative learning environments scope the context of inquiry. Potential issues and layers of influence in small group dynamics are assessed and numerous theories for best collaborative practices are considered. The research insights culminate with the creation of a small group collaboration tool, “Sum of Its Parts.” The tool enables a holistic structure of intentional inquiry and facilitates versatile conversations aimed to get to the roots of group dynamics issues. Tested against student organizational dynamics, it has proved useful in facilitating illuminating conversations between group members. Further research is required to understand the limits of the tool and the full effects of its aims.

Date: 19 April 2018
Uncontrolled Keywords: Collaboration, small group dynamics, forming, storming, norming, tool
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 11 May 2018 13:12
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 22:30
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2295

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