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TR11-001 | 10th May 2011 10:40

Analyzing Distributed Whiteboard Interactions


Authors: Lutz Gericke, Raja Gumienny, Christoph Meinel
Publication: 10th June 2011 17:10
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Analyzing team work at whiteboards is a time-consuming and error-prone process if manual interpretation techniques are applied. In order to advance this process, we present the digital whiteboard sys- tem Tele-Board, which automatically captures all interactions made on the whiteboard and thus offers possibilities for a fast interpretation of us- age characteristics. In a case study we demonstrate how to conduct and analyze whiteboard experiments with the help of our system. The study investigates the role of video compared to an audio-only connection for distributed work settings. With the simplified analysis of communication data we can proof that the video teams were more active than the au- dio teams and the distribution of whiteboard interaction between team members was more balanced. This way, automatic analyses can not only replace manual observations and codings to a certain extent, but also give insights that cannot be achieved with other systems.

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