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Using mobile group dynamics and virtual time to improve teamwork in large-scale collaborative virtual environments

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Dodds,  TJ
Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Ruddle,  RA
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Dodds, T., & Ruddle, R. (2009). Using mobile group dynamics and virtual time to improve teamwork in large-scale collaborative virtual environments. Computers Graphics, 33(2), 130-138. doi:doi:10.1016/j.cag.2009.01.001.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-C535-9
Abstract
Mobile group dynamics (MGDs) assist synchronous working in collaborative virtual environments (CVEs), and virtual time (VT) extends the benefits to asynchronous working. The present paper describes the implementation of MGDs (teleporting, awareness and multiple views) and VT (the utterances of 23 previous users were embedded in a CVE as conversation tags), and their evaluation using an urban planning task. Compared with previous research using the same scenario, the new MGD techniques produced substantial increases in the amount that, and distance over which, participants communicated. With VT participants chose to listen to a quarter of the conversations of their predecessors while performing the task. The embedded VT conversations led to a reduction in the rate at which participants traveled around, but an increase in live communication that took place. Taken together, the studies show how CVE interfaces can be improved for synchronous and asynchronous collaborations, and highlight possibilities for future research.