Archive for the ‘place’ Category

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Research Project 1 – A Preliminary Investigation into the Effect of the 
Design of Virtual Place on Remote Collaboration

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

So, now I have a better idea of what remains undone in the development of virtual collaborative place. Back in April I hadn’t determined my approach to the problem yet, but I did know that I wanted to investigate the effect of virtual place on collaborative behaviour. To this end I proposed a small research project to a distributed workgroup of my acquaintance, with which I am involved as a facilitator, but not as a member. Group members have a broad range of experience in virtual environments (from native to novice), and a demonstrated requirement for better remote collaboration tools. I was gratified to receive their consent to be observed for the study. (more…)

Literature Review: Design for Creative Collaboration in Virtual Environments

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

I’m finally happy enough with my first literature review to call it done – so, here it is. I’m new to this kind of writing and to the field, so I’ll leave the comments thread open on this post; any feedback is good.

Updating – I’ve extended my review with a section on future research, incorporating some wider reading from areas of study that I think have been insufficiently applied to the design of place in CVEs.

Terra Nova: The feeling of space

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Terra Nova is talking about the feeling of space in different virtual worlds. The discussion focuses on things like camera tracking and proprioception, which makes me think of the papers on embodiment in CVEs that I’ve been reading recently.

However embodiment is used in a couple of ways in the literature. Sometimes it describes the feeling of being in a body, interacting with the virtual space. This is where you can start to think of the avatar as if it were an animal within an environment, and that’s how the term is relevant to the discussion above.

At other times it’s used to describe a user’s avatar as perceived by others in the space. The distinction is: how it feels to be in your (virtual) self vs. how your (virtual) self appears to others. These are so far apart that to call them both “embodiment” confuses me terribly. Is the term really meant to cover both of those things, and if so do we have words for each separately as well?