Authors: Till Schummer, Stephan Lukosch
Addresses: FernUniversitat in Hagen, Distributed Systems, Hagen 58084, Germany. ' FernUniversitat in Hagen, Distributed Systems for Cooperative Working and Learning Environments, Hagen 58084, Germany
Abstract: In this article, we address groupware patterns from a holistic perspective. We discuss how a groupware application can gain wholeness from the application of structure-preserving transformations; two concepts that are important in the philosophy of Christopher Alexander. A concrete example shows how pattern sequences can support the development of a collaboration space for collaborative learning.
Keywords: groupware patterns; structure-preserving transformations; pattern sequences; wholeness; groupware development; Oregon Software Development Process; OSDP; online learning; e-learning; pattern language; collaborative learning.
International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2006 Vol.25 No.2/3, pp.155 - 166
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