Models and Theories in Human-Computer Interaction/Input-Process-Output Model for Online Collaboration

The WikiBook as a collaborative platform has some benefits as well as drawbacks compared to face-to-face interaction. Chapter 12 of the textbook discusses the Input-Process-Output model which measures the functionality of a group. One of the measures of success of a group is the amount of production given. The WikiBook and online classes in general are a great platform for production as they are not limited by classroom space or number of students on campus so they can utilize many students to work together and accomplish much larger tasks. However, there is a lack of synergy within the group without the personal face-to face interaction. Individuals may ask other students questions to gain a better understanding a produce higher quality work, but the interactions are much less engaging and it is more difficult to develop a relationship in which students feel completely comfortable asking questions and working together with others. In a face-to-face setting, interactions are more personal and lead to stronger relationships and healthier collaboration efforts.

Another benefit to the online interface is personnel. The information in this class WikiBook is not limited to students in central Iowa who attend classes on campus. It can include the perspectives of students from across the globe. However, the collaboration effort between students is very high. The time gap between interactions can be very large due to differences in time zone or work schedule. This inconsistency is a deterrent for communication among students. Given its pros and cons, the online interface for student interaction is a great learning tool for students and can lead to functional group work for some students while others may prefer the traditional face-to-face interaction.