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Aligning Open, Physical, and Virtual Spaces in the CIS Sandbox

Abstract : As students operate increasingly in digital environments populated by social media tools, they need to leverage them effectively to access online resources and stay connected to the physical environments which they inhabit. This paper reports on a practitioner research project to reconfigure a traditional Computer Information Systems (CIS) tutoring lab at a business university into the “CIS Sandbox.” The physical facility launched with an aligned online presence intended to engage students and contribute to their learning about CIS topics. The paper presents the rationale, design, and implementation of these collaborative tools, and their impact on the students’ and tutors’ educational experience. Qualitative analysis from interviews with Sandbox staff and quantitative analysis of data from a preliminary survey suggests that creatively drawing upon collaborative tools and methods enables the integration between physical and virtual spaces.
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Mark Frydenberg. Aligning Open, Physical, and Virtual Spaces in the CIS Sandbox. 1st Open and Social Technologies for Networked Learning (OST), Jul 2012, Tallinn, Estonia. pp.121-130, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-37285-8_13⟩. ⟨hal-01349409⟩

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