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A comparison of face to face and computer mediated collaboration

Hatem, Wadhah Amer Hatem, Kwan, Alan Shu Khen and Miles, John Christopher 2011. A comparison of face to face and computer mediated collaboration. Presented at: 2011 eg-ice Workshop, University of Twente, The Netherlands, July 6-8 2011. Published in: Hartmann, Timo, De Wilde, Pieter and Rafiq, Yaqub eds. Proceedings of the 2011 eg-ice Workshop on Intelligent Computing in Engineering. European Group for Intelligent Computing in Engineering,

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Abstract

In the construction industry, the need for collaboration between people who are geographically remote is a reoccurring feature. The traditional way of dealing with this is collocation but this is expensive and disruptive and so increasingly, use has been made of remote collaboration using computational technology over networks. To assess whether or not such computer mediated collaboration is effective, a carefully controlled set of experiments has been undertaken using ten groups of two people who are required to work on a partially developed design task. The work is undertaken using computer mediated communication supported by a 3D CAD package. As a control, the same people have also undertaken a similar design task working face to face. The results show that, for the type of design task involved, people collaborating using computer mediated communication, at worst are as effective as people working face to face and probably are slightly more effective.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Publisher: European Group for Intelligent Computing in Engineering
ISBN: 9789036532167
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2017 02:41
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/36891

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