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Analyzing Distributed Whiteboard Interactions

Analyzing Distributed Whiteboard Interactions,Lutz Gericke,Raja Gumienny,Christoph Meinel

Analyzing Distributed Whiteboard Interactions  
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We present the digital whiteboard system Tele- Board, which automatically captures all interactions made on the all-digital whiteboard and thus offers possibilities for a fast interpretation of usage characteristics. Analyzing team work at whiteboards is a time-consuming and error-prone process if manual interpretation techniques are applied. 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 prove that the video teams were more active than the audio teams and the distribution of whiteboard interaction between team members was more balanced. In this way, automatic analyses can not only support manual observations and codings, but also give insights that cannot be achieved with other systems. Index Terms—whiteboard, remote collaboration, team analysis design teams - especially for distributed settings. In order to develop these tools, research has to be done on how design teams work and how they use the given tools. In this paper, we focus on analyzing design teams using Tele-Board as a system for automatic analysis. The results of the case study itself lead to implications that help us to improve the system setup.
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