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000029529 100__ $$aSchmeil, Andreas$$d1980-03-19
000029529 245__ $$9eng$$aDesigning collaboration experiences for 3D virtual worlds
000029529 300__ $$a209 p.
000029529 502__ $$92012-06-05$$aThèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2012 ; 2012COM002
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000029529 508__ $$aMagna cum laude
000029529 520__ $$9eng$$aWorking together benefits from colleagues, team members, or peers being at the same place. With collaborating teams being more and more dispersed  in an increasingly networked world, people and organizations turn to the Internet as a medium to work and learn together. Collaborative virtual  environments (CVE) in general attempt to provide settings in which the users or participants feel co-present, the sensation of ‘being there together’.  Different types of CVE make for different intensities of co-presence. One type of CVE facilitating particularly immersive real-time activities is that of  virtual worlds. Virtual worlds are three-dimensional CVE accessed with standard computers. People meet online in shared spaces, all represented  through animated virtual characters, so-called avatars. Being in control of a highly customizable virtual embodiment, in a 3D environment configurable  with virtually no limits, and the possibility of creating responsive environments and interactive tools, are some of the key distinct features of the  medium. However, while virtual worlds have been around for years, it is still unclear what value virtual worlds can add to the existing modes of  communication and collaboration, and which virtual world features should be made use of – and how – in order to maximize the benefit of using the  medium for collaborative activities. This doctoral thesis addresses these issues by investigating the design of collaboration experiences for virtual  worlds. The main goal of this dissertation is to improve collaboration practices in 3D virtual worlds, following the premise that making explicit use of the  medium’s distinct features allows for innovative, valuable new forms of working and learning together. The work pursues a pattern-based approach  in order to investigate and describe existing practices and to develop a structured framework for the goal-oriented design of novel collaboration  patterns. It further empirically investigates the value of the visual character of the medium as well as different approaches for designing collaboration  tasks and environments in it. With these two strands, the research addresses both the process and the product of the design of virtual world  collaboration experiences. The thesis presents two controlled experiments and derived design guidelines, the conceptual development and an initial  application of the Avatar-Based Collaboration (ABC) Framework, following the principles of design science research, and an illustrative exploration  study. As one main contribution of the thesis, the ABC Framework is intended to help improve the process of designing for collaboration experiences  and facilitate sharing and organizing of collaboration patterns. As the other main outcome of the thesis, the gathered empirical data indicate that making  active use of the distinct features of virtual worlds can have a positive impact on collaboration in various ways. Applying a highly comprehensive  approach, the work builds on an interdisciplinary theoretical background.
000029529 695__ $$9eng$$aVirtual worlds ; collaboration experiences ; design science research ; experiments
000029529 700__ $$aEppler, Martin$$eDir.
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000029529 918__ $$aFacoltà di scienze della comunicazione$$bVia Giuseppe Buffi 13, CH-6904 Lugano
000029529 919__ $$aUniversità della Svizzera italiana$$bLugano$$ddoc.support@rero.ch
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