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Ambient video awareness: “It’s great, but I still don’t want it”

Scott, Peter; Quick, Kevin; Tomadaki, Eleftheria and Linney, Jon (2006). Ambient video awareness: “It’s great, but I still don’t want it”. In: Innovative Approaches for Learning and Knowledge Sharing, EC-TEL 2006 Workshops Proceedings, 1-2 Oct 2006, Greece.

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Video instant messaging tools are not as widely used as we would have predicted and have so far failed to fulfill their promise to become an indispensable tool of social presence, interacting within the workgroup environment and creating a sense of community. Whilst users are becoming
comfortable with videoconferencing and software video meetings, the use of video in “awareness” is still very uncommon. Over a 2-year period, we have run 8 discrete Hexagon room studies on naturalistic “ambient video awareness”. Only one of these studies can be considered to be a (limited) success. This paper discusses some of the factors inhibiting the use of such tools in e-learning environments, based on users’ feedback on issues, such as the tool promotion, user interface, size of community and visibility concerns.

Item Type: Conference Item
ISSN: 1613-0073
Keywords: video ambient awareness; collaborative media; group awareness
Academic Unit/Department: Knowledge Media Institute
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 8809
Depositing User: Peter Scott
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2010 11:04
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