Transferring collaboration process designs to practitioners: Requirements from a cognitive load perspective

Gwendolyn Kolfschoten, Sandra Van Der Hulst, Mariëlle Den Hengst-Bruggeling, Gert Jan De Vreede

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Collaboration Engineering (CE) is an approach to design and implement sustained collaboration support for collaborative work practices. A collaboration engineer designs a collaboration process and trains a practitioner to execute it on a recurring basis, without further support from professional facilitators. The CE design should be predictable and transferable for successful reuse by the practitioner. The documentation requirements for a CE design are addressed so it can be effectively transferred to practitioners. This documentation or script should contain precise instructions and interventions that the practitioner should make to guide the group in achieving their goals. To detail the requirements for this design document, the authors analyzed the tasks of a facilitator as a basis to derive the tasks of a practitioner. Cognitive Load Theory was used to derive documentation requirements with respect to the CE process design. The authors validated these requirements in an expert validation session and through two case studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-55
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of e-Collaboration
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Cognitive load theory
  • Collaboration Engineering (CE)
  • Collaboration process design
  • Facilitation
  • Group support systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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