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This is the home page for the LIS590CW CSCW CS598CW space.
Doctoral seminar in Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)


  • Instructor: Michael Twidale
  • Semester: Fall, 2006
  • Prerequisites: Doctoral student status; Non-doctoral graduate students may enroll with permission of instructor
  • Time/Place: Tuesdays 1 to 3:50pm NEW: Now In 1129 Siebel
  • Assessment: A series of homeworks and short assignments and a final paper

Course Overview

This course will explore research issues related to collaborative computing. The focus will be mostly on issues of usability and acceptance of technologies into the work setting, and the design process to achieve that. This includes aspects of analysis, requirements specification, tailoring, usability, learnability, and their incorporation into applications development.

Who Is This Class Intended For?

This is a Doctoral Seminar offered through the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and the Department of Computer Science. It is open to students from other departments.

It is chiefly intended for doctoral students to help them with the creation, extension and refinement of research ideas involving the analysis and/or development of novel collaborative computational technologies. Masters Students may enroll with permission of the instructor. It is suitable for Masters students intending to do a small scale research project, perhaps leading to a thesis or conference or journal publication, or a student intending to enter a doctoral program.

The class is aimed both at people who consider themselves as mostly a developer or as mostly an analyst.

The research field of CSCW has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary work and so likewise it is hoped that we will have students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds. By working together on various short projects we will learn how to select and apply efficient methods to help enable innovation and effective exploration of a design spaces and the critical aspects of designing to fit actual needs and uses.

An incomplete list of possible backgrounds:

  • Library and Information Science
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (esp. novel applications of networks and image processing)
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (esp. product design)
  • Fine and Applied Art (esp. computer graphics, information design or industrial design)
  • Architecture
  • Urban Planning
  • Education (esp. computers and learning)
  • Management (esp. product innovation)
  • Speech Communication (esp. technologies for social networking)
  • Sociology (esp. ethnography, ethnomethodology and workplace studies)
  • Anthropology (esp. ethnography)

Some Topics the Course Will Explore

  • synchronous and asynchronous collaboration
  • remote and co-located collaboration
  • workplace use of systems including workflow systems
  • awareness of work
  • computer supported collaborative learning, work and play
  • home and leisure use of collaborative applications
  • barriers to technology adoption and how to overcome them
  • evaluation of collaborative systems
  • ethnographic techniques to inform systems analysis and design
  • interfaces to support human-human interaction
  • collaboratories, cyberinfrastructures, e-science, e-socialscience, e-humanities
  • ubiquitous computing
  • mobile computing
  • lightweight interactions
  • roomware
  • very large and very small displays
  • the collaborative nature of software development, including OSS
  • supporting ordinary and exceptional collaboration: workdays and disasters

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