Organizational work increasingly demands the completion of complex tasks by distributed teams. Traditional college instruction emphasizes measurable, individual learning. In this environment students do not learn the skills needed to perform complex, distributed, team tasks. Current learning approaches must change to meet the needs of the work force of the future. Obstacles to changing traditional learning approaches include: 1.There are few reference models that provide guidance on how to integrate complex team-oriented tasks into the learning process. 2.The physical arrangement of learning is based on scheduled and formal, once-a-week, or twice-a-week interaction among students and instructor. Such an arrangement cannot address the needs of students who must interact on a more frequent, irregular basis, ask the instructor for help when they reach a learning boundary on a complex task, and share project-related information with each other. 3.The usual problems that student teams encounter in finding opportunities to meet are exacerbated for the physically challenged and the growing number of non traditional, urban city students who commute and must work to pay educational expenses
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