Currently, we experience a process of change towards an information society - as long since predicted. The information society requires new concepts and technologies helping users to deal with information distribution, knowledge processing and structured communication within organizations and beyond. An explosive increase in complex communicative exchange processes is taking place in a variety of virtual spaces. In the context of this course, we will call these electronic spaces "eSpaces".
An eSpace is considered to be a complex meta space comprising content, objects, tools and methods to be used in electronic communication, collaboration and coordination. Generally speaking, eSpaces include essential basic elements, structural concepts and user-friendly functionalities which are necessary to provide innovative and world-wide internet-based services to an end-user community – commonly paraphrased by an "e" prefix, such as in e-Commerce, e-Business, e-Banking, e-Training, e-Learning, e-Assessment, etc.
(2) Objectives and Organization:
The course is scheduled for 2 hours per week. It combines lecture, system demonstrations, team-work assignments and practical training to familiarize students with contemporary eSpace concepts within the framework of Intranet, Extranet and Internet of an organization. Emphasis is given to essential hands-on concepts, architectures and industry-strength applications as widely used within innovative networked system environments of international corporate organizations. In the course, Groupware-based on-demand collaboration approaches are widely used as a technological and conceptional reference.
Students have to complete three practical 'e-'assignments during the semester to learn to use and manage current information and collaboration technologies. The final assessment will be computer based in English.
It is recommended to review the actual version of the detailed course description at the outset of the new term. Also, students might want to get a deeper understanding of the course content by investigating the GCC-archives for e-learning spaces of recent eSpace courses. All these informations are accessible at http//:gcc.upb.de.