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Using teleporting, awareness and multiple views to improve teamwork in collaborative virtual environments

Dodds, T.J. and Ruddle, R.A. (2008) Using teleporting, awareness and multiple views to improve teamwork in collaborative virtual environments. In: Mohler, B. and van Liere, R., (eds.) Virtual Environments 2008. 14th Eurographics Symposium on Virtual Environments, May 29th–30th, 2008, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Eurographics Association , pp. 81-88. ISBN 978-3-905674-06-4

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Mobile Group Dynamics (MGDs) are a suite of techniques that help people work together in large-scale collaborative virtual environments (CVEs). The present paper describes the implementation and evaluation of three additional MGDs techniques (teleporting, awareness and multiple views) which, when combined, produced a 4 times increase in the amount that participants communicated in a CVE and also significantly increased the extent to which participants communicated over extended distances in the CVE. The MGDs were evaluated using an urban planning scenario using groups of either seven (teleporting + awareness) or eight (teleporting + awareness + multiple views) participants. The study has implications for CVE designers, because it provides quantitative and qualitative data about how teleporting, awareness and multiple views improve groupwork in CVEs. Categories and Subject Descriptors (according to ACM CCS): C.2.4 [Computer-Communication Networks]: Distributed Systems – Distributed applications; H.1.2 [Models and Principles]: User/Machine Systems – Human factors; Software psychology; H.5.1 [Information Interfaces and Presentation]: Multimedia Information Systems – Artificial, augmented and virtual realities; H.5.3 [Information Interfaces and Presentation]: Group and Organization Interfaces – Collaborative computing; Computer-supported cooperative work; Synchronous interaction; I.3.7[Computer Graphics]: Three Dimensional Graphics and Realism – Virtual Reality

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2008 by the Eurographics Association. This is an author produced version of the paper. The definitive version is available at diglib.eg.org . Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Computing (Leeds)
Depositing User: Mrs Yasmin Aziz
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2008 18:33
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:05
Published Version: http://www.eg.org/EG/DL/WS/EGVE/EGVE08/
Status: Published
Publisher: Eurographics Association
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4949

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