Information Systems Education Journal

Volume 16

V16 N4 Pages 4-12

August 2018

Group Assignments as a Measure to Promote Performance in Virtual Teams

Raymond Fontana Angelo
Quinnipiac University
Hamden, CT 06518, USA

Richard . McCarthy
Quinnipiac University
Hamden, CT 06518, USA

Abstract: One of the responsibilities of universities and business schools is to prepare students to be successful. Success in business often requires students to be effective working and collaborating in virtual teams: groups that are geographically dispersed with members that have never met. Schools have become aware of the need for students to work in teams, but need to investigate the structure and design of courseware to build collaboration skills within students. The goal of this research was to determine if there is an optimal number of group assignments that will result in better group learning performance. In particular, this research investigates the optimum number of group assignments needed to promote effective work within virtual teams, by examining performance on a final assignment of a business case of an information systems strategy course. Students who have at least three group assignments performed significantly better on the business case and cost risk benefit analysis then students with no group assignments prior to the business case.

Keywords: Group Collaboration, Group performance, Information Systems Pedagogy, Self-regulated learning, Virtual Groups, Pedagogy

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Recommended Citation: Angelo, R. F., McCarthy, R. .. (2018). Group Assignments as a Measure to Promote Performance in Virtual Teams . Information Systems Education Journal, 16(4) pp 4-12. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of EDSIGCON 2017)