The purpose of this basic qualitative study was to explore how wiki-based collaboration is affected by the generational characteristics of Baby Boomer (1943–1960) and Millennial (1982–2000) instructional designers in midsized corporations. Collaboration theory was applied to strengthen the depth and accuracy of the data analysis and justify the study findings. A basic qualitative methodology was applied to explore the research problem. The target population consisted of Baby Boomer and Millennial instructional designers who worked in midsized corporations within the continental United States and had collaborated on a wiki-based work project within a team. The sample consisted of three instructional designers between the ages of 52–65 years old (Baby Boomers) and three instructional designers between the ages of 21–35 years old (Millennials) who possessed master’s degrees in instructional design or a related field, were employed in midsized corporations within the continental United States for at least 1 year, and collaborated on a wiki-based project within a team during the past 12 months prior to participation in the study. Data analysis included evaluation and synthesis of participant interview transcripts to identify patterns that emerged from constant comparative analysis while identifying changes to the patterns when combined. Wiki-based collaboration was not affected by the generational characteristics of Baby Boomer and Millennial instructional designers in a midsized corporate context.
|Commitee:||Moller, Leslie, Ross, Tara|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Instructional Design, Information Technology, Organizational behavior|
|Keywords:||Baby Boomer, Collaboration, Generational characteristic, Instructional design, Millennial, Wiki|
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