How Shared Online Whiteboard Supports Online Collaborative Design Activities: A Social Interaction Perspective

Qingchuan Li, Jiaxin Zhang, Xin Xie, Yan Luximon

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Abstract

The distance education and online learning have received increasing attention in recent years. However, due to the spatial separation and time differences brought by online learning spaces, the efficiency of the interaction between peers and instructors can be significantly decreased, especially for online collaborative design activities. The online whiteboard was developed to provide users with a virtual whiteboard for visual creation and idea generation, but its effectiveness has not been adequately explored. This study aims to explore whether such an online whiteboard can adequately support users’ communication and collaboration behavior during online collaborative design activities. An in-depth interview was conducted to investigate users’ evaluations based on three social interaction aspects: affective expression, open communication, and group cohesion. The results reveal both the usefulness and drawbacks of the online whiteboard in facilitating participants’ online collaborative design activities. Suggestions for future online collaborative tools are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Creativity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Communication of Design - Proceedings of the AHFE 2021 Virtual Conferences on Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Human Factors in Communication of Design, 2021
EditorsEvangelos Markopoulos, Ravindra S. Goonetilleke, Amic G. Ho, Yan Luximon
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages285-293
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030800932
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021
EventAHFE Conferences on Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Human Factors in Communication of Design, 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 25 Jul 202129 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
Volume276
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389

Conference

ConferenceAHFE Conferences on Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Human Factors in Communication of Design, 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period25/07/2129/07/21

Keywords

  • Collaborative design activity
  • Community of Inquiry
  • Online learning
  • Online whiteboard
  • Social interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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