Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Fall 2016

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School

PAUL

Department

Marketing; Decision Sciences

Program or Major

Business: Marketing and Information Systems

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Khole Gwebu

Second Advisor

Vanessa Druskat

Abstract

As education evolves, more and more emphasis is placed upon group projects. With group projects come diversity, in-depth learning, open-mindedness, and many added stressors. One of the main causes of these stresses, as concluded in this thesis, is the task of scheduling.

What if there was an app that you could download to schedule those group meetings for you? Well, there is! freeUP is an application that links to your school’s learning platform (for example, Blackboard or Canvas) to make scheduling meetings easy and more productive. freeUP will provide much needed answers to today’s top group work problems: scheduling, effective communication, and accountability. This thesis will illustrate the research and findings of a study launched specifically around group work and technology. This research was conducted around group work in general, as well as targeting the value added by using technology to alleviate the pain points of group work. The purpose of this research is to examine how freeUP can help improve team coordination challenges and effective meeting management. These problems, or themes, and the functionalities derived from their solutions, will be discussed in detail throughout this thesis.

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