Many college courses involve group work where teams of students are asked to create a report as the final result of a collaborative effort. The creation of such a shared document often causes students great trouble in coordinating the effort. In this paper we describe two approaches to supporting students in collaboratively creating and editing a report for an introductory course in information systems. One group of students used MS Word with Track Changes turned on combined with emailing the document between students. A second group was provided a Twiki site where they were able to create the report. Preliminary analysis shows that students found the Word and email combination more useful and easier to use than the wiki environment in completing the project.
Dishaw, Mark; Eierman, Michael; Iversen, Jakob; and Philip, George, "Wiki or Word? Evaluating Tools for Collaborative Editing and Teamwork" (2008). MWAIS 2008 Proceedings. 10.