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Using Teleporting, Awareness and Multiple Views to Improve Teamwork in 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. (2008). Using Teleporting, Awareness and Multiple Views to Improve Teamwork in Collaborative Virtual Environments. Proceedings of the 14th Eurographics Symposium on Virtual Environments (EGVE ‘08), 81-88.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0013-C985-2
Abstract
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.