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Collaborative work, disciplinary perspectives

The "Collaborative Work" skill: an opportunity to incorporate ICTs into university teaching. A description of the experience with the ACME (UdG) platform

Carmen Echazarreta (

Professor of Audiovisual Communication, University of Girona

Ferran Prados (

Professor of Languages and IT Systems, IT and Applied Mathematics Department, University of Girona

Jordi Poch (

Full University Professor of Applied Mathematics, IT and Applied Mathematics Department, University of Girona

Josep Soler (

Full University School Professor, IT and Applied Mathematics Department, University of Girona


The article is a reflection on the training requirements for the professionals that the knowledge-based society needs. One of the most important objectives that any university must have in the knowledge-based society is to provide training for competent professionals with sufficient intellectual tools to face up to the uncertainty of information, the knowledge that it has an early expiry date and, therefore, the anxiety that this causes. Furthermore, they must also be capable of defining and creating their own work tools with which they can give form and effectiveness to this changeable and changing knowledge. In addition, the European Higher Education Area prioritises the transferable skill of "collaborative work" in order to promote autonomous learning, committed and adapted to the new requirements of 21st-century companies. Within this context, we present the theoretical environment on which the work developed on the ACME IT platform is based, which brings together collective work and blended learning. We also provide a detailed description of some examples of wikis, the paradigm of collaborative work, prepared in subjects taught at the University of Girona in the ACME virtual environment.


collaborative work, e-learning, knowledge-based society, transferable skill, web 2.0, wiki

Submission date:  January 2009
Accepted in:  February 2009
Published in:  April 2009

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