CSCW course take-away

Some take-away for students of our Computer-Supported Collaborative Work course:

Common errors:

  • Media Richness is the solution: no adding video channel is not necessarily better in terms of coordination effectiveness and group collaboration.
  • Text is knowledge: text is information but not knowledge, learning is not reading.


  • Mediating informal interactions among distributed teams
  • Invent uses of location-based services, pervasive comouting and awareness tools

Today's trends:

  • Computation is back to real, to things you can touch (roomware, tangibles,…)
  • Physical space, places, topology, context and infrastructure matters