During the last two years in the case based, upper level undergraduate Management Information Systems Course that I teach, I have included segments in the course to provide opportunities for the students to use the Internet: (1) email for distribution of course assignments and (2) gopher and World Wide Web browers to find information to supplement case work. As a result of a call from a distribution list, I volunteered my class to participate in collaborative case work using the Internet with universities in Canada, United States, and Mexico: University of Washington, University of Nebraska -Lincoln, University of Oregon, Rowan College, University of Idaho, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, McGill University, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Stephen F. Austin State University, University of Prince Edward Island. Three cases were considered by the faculty at these universities and finally a case about Microsoft Corporation was selected and questions to be answered were agreed upon. At these universities, the students were either taking an organizational strategy course oran MIS course. In this paper, the process of establishing these collaborative, Internet case groups is discussed. Also the students rated their experience using the Internet case group versus a face-to-face case group they used for a later case assignment about Sun Microsystems.
Lind, Mary R., "The Effectiveness of Electronic Work Groups for Student Cases" (1995). AMCIS 1995 Proceedings. 166.