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Team and Contact
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Team and Contact


Penny Collings
Computing, University of Canberra
Designer – recipient of CAUT grant. Lecturer-in-charge of the subject in which the learning is undertaken.

Anne McMahon
(retired) Psychology, University of Canberra
Recipient of CAUT grant.*

David Walker
(visiting) Information Systems, University of Canberra
Primary researcher, author and writer of all materials and documents. Designer of Lotus Notes systems to support the project.*


Errol Martin
(formerly with) Information Systems, University of Canberra
Recipient of CAUT grant.*

Frank Hicks
(retired) Sociology, University of Canberra
Designer – recipient of CAUT grant.*

Terry Webb
(visiting) Information Systems, University of Canberra
Tutor in the subject*

Dale Kleeman
Information Systems, University of Canberra
Tutor and sometimes lecturer in the subject.*

Avon Richards-Smith
Information Systems, University of Canberra
Designer and manager of Lotus Notes infrastructure for the School of Computing. Tutor in the subject.*

* Ongoing consultant to the teaching and learning activity.

Online Access


Participants’ Manual:

CHA materials:

An initial repository of material that is a starting point for the CHA’s IT infrastructure:

Intellectual Property and Dissemination


There are no IP/copyright issues. It is available for use. The two key documents are available online.

The hard part is to find people who are willing to put in the effort to this type of teaching/learning.

We are available for consultation with anyone who is interested in this (successful) work.

Related Publications


Alexander, S. & McKenzie, J. (1998). An evaluation of Information Technology projects for university learning, p. 155-168. CAUT, Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service.

The following list refers to titles of Technical Reports and related conference papers.

Walker, D. (1999). Analysis of Groupware Usage, 1997-8, University of Canberra TR 99/113.

Walker, D. (1997). Analysis of Groupware Usage, 1996, University of Canberra, TR 97/75.

Walker, D.W., Collings, P. Hicks, F., McMahon, A., & Martin, E. (1994). A comparison of methods for teaching information systems design, Proceedings from CHI '94, 245-246, Boston.

Collings, P.A., Mudaliar, R. and Walker, D.W. (1994). Groupware support for student project teams, (poster paper). Proceedings from OZCHI94, 313-314, Melbourne.

Collings, P.A., Richards-Smith, A. and Walker, D.W. (1995). Groupware support for student project teams: issues in implementation. In J.M. Pearce and A. Ellis (Eds.) Learning with Technology, ASCILITE95 Proceedings, University of Melbourne, 72-80.

Collings, P.A. (et al) (1995). Cybernetic dreaming: learning information systems design in a complex organisational environment. ACT and Region University teaching Workshop, Proceedings.

Martin, E. & Collings, P. (1996). Graduate diploma level study of information systems. In Arnott, D., Dampney, K. and Scollary, A. (1996). The Australian Debate on Information Systems Curriculum: Proceedings of the Australian Information Systems Curriculum Working Conference, Monash University.

Collings, P.A. & Walker, D.W. (1996). Informing the design of the virtual university. In G. Hart and J. Mason, (eds.) (1996). Symposium Proceedings and Case Studies: The Virtual University?, 115-122, University of Melbourne.

Kleeman, D., Collings, P.A., Higgins, A., Richards-Smith, A., Walker, D.W. & Webb, T. (1996). Designing collaboration: groupware as an enabling technology for the teaching of systems analysis and design. Proceedings of the 7th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS’96, 365-375, ACS, Volume 1.

Collings, P.A., Kleeman, D., Richards-Smith, A. & Walker, D.W., (1997). Developing new group work practices: an evaluation of the design and use of groupware-based work systems for a graduate student course in Information Systems. In G.G. Gable, & R.A.G. Weber (eds.) (1997). The Confluence of Theory and Practice: 3rd Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems Proceedings, 185-192, QUT, Brisbane.

Collings, P.A., Kleeman, D., Martin, E, Richards-Smith, A. & Walker, D. (1997). Heritage Information: a behavioural simulation for teaching information systems design. Proceedings of SITIS, 1-11, UNSW.

Collings, P.A., Kleeman, D., Martin, E., Richards-Smith, A. and Walker, D.W. (1997). Experiential learning of information systems design. Proceeding of ACIS97, 482-494.

Collings, P. and Pearce, J. (2002) Remote web site usability testing: a collaborative approach between university students. British Journal of Educational Technology.

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