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Supporting computer-supported collaborative work (CSCW) in conceptual design

Mann, Phebe; Aczel, James; Scanlon, Eileen and Cooper, Martyn (2008). Supporting computer-supported collaborative work (CSCW) in conceptual design. In: 24th Annual Conference of Association of Researchers in Construction Management ARCOM, 1-3 Sep 2008, Cardiff.

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In order to gain a better understanding of online conceptual collaborative design processes this paper investigates how student designers make use of a shared virtual synchronous environment when engaged in conceptual design. The software enables users to talk to each other and share sketches when they are remotely located. The paper describes a novel methodology for observing and analysing collaborative design processes by adapting the concepts of grounded theory. Rather than concentrating on narrow aspects of the final artefacts, emerging "themes" are generated that provide a broader picture of collaborative design process and context descriptions. Findings on the themes of "grounding - mutual understanding" and "support creativity" complement findings from other research, while important themes associated with "near-synchrony" have not been emphasised in other research. From the study, a series of design recommendations are made for the development of tools to support online computer-supported collaborative work in design using a shared virtual environment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2008 Not known
Keywords: computer-mediated communication; computer-supported collaborative work (CSCW); conceptual design; human-computer interface; grounding
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
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Item ID: 26624
Depositing User: James Aczel
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 10:12
Last Modified: 10 May 2019 17:45
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