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Our Goal
Our goal is to develop computational tools that facilitate collaborative learning among students working in design teams.
What is the Kiva?
The Kiva is a persistent interactive physical and digital workspace that involves a collection of computer-based collaboration tools for students. The Kiva can support non-collocated, as well as asynchronous collaboration between multiple team members. These tools can be used as little or as much as desired, in any combination.

At Carnegie Mellon, we are taking advantage of advances in computer technology with new applications that support team-based student collaboration. Engineering student design projects involve participants with different expertise and experiences who must work together throughout a semester-long project. These projects are collaborative in nature, i.e., teamwork is the primary work mode. In these projects, students become involved in state-of-the-art research, and they facilitate their own learning by developing the collaboration tools they need.

The pedagogical goal for student engineering teams is to develop a design process and to master a domain. What happens during the process is more important than the final product. Hence, our focus is to develop tools that encourage process competence, constructive skills, and reflective practice.

For more information about the project or how to use the system, go through our tutorial or read our FAQ.
Support
We gratefully acknowledge support from the National Science Foundation, the CMU Office for Technology in Education, and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance.