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Online Collaborative Documents for Research and Coursework

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TLRPTIL Volume 48, Number 3, ISSN 8756-3894


The increased use of the internet in higher education has helped researchers conduct collaborative research and enabled faculty to provide opportunities for students to work collaboratively in their courses. The authors of this article use online collaborative documents for conducting collaborative research and for learning collaboratively via the internet. Collaborative documents are dedicated online workspaces that allow individuals or groups to use the internet to share their work with others, edit it and finalize it. Among the various internet tools that have enabled collaboration across distance for both research and coursework, the more recently used web tools with shared workspaces for conducting research are: Basic Support for Cooperative Work (BSCW) and FirstClass computer conference software. The characteristics of BSCW and FirstClass are described. (Contains 2 figures and 1 table.)


Murphy, K.L., Cifuentes, L. & Shih, Y.C.D. (2004). Online Collaborative Documents for Research and Coursework. TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 48(3), 40-44. Retrieved October 23, 2020 from .

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