Evaluating distributed environments based on communicative efficacy

Eckehard Doerry

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One of the most rapidly expanding areas of HCI research is centered around supporting the collaborative endeavors of widely distributed participants. Whether the domain is advanced learning environments or desktop conferencing, the underlying goal of such efforts is to provide a maximally robust simulacrum of copresent interaction. The current trend in research is to characterize these computer-mediated communication environments - and to argue their efficacy - by focusing on the technical parameters of the environment. This approach places form above function, completely ignoring the communicative difficulties actually encountered by users. The work described here explores a new evaluative technique, based on methodologies originally developed by Conversation Analysts, which characterizes the communicative efficacy of a computer-mediated environment by documenting how well participants are able to maintain intersubjectivity throughout the interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 1995
EventProceedings of the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Part 2 (of 2) - Denver, CO, USA
Duration: May 7 1995May 11 1995


OtherProceedings of the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Part 2 (of 2)
CityDenver, CO, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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