Benjamin Koehne defends PhD Topic: Documenting Collaboration Strategies Employed in Team Learning in the Context of Virtual Worlds

CRADL Lab member Benjamin Koehne has successfully defended the topic of his PhD dissertation in the Informatics program.

Documenting Collaboration Strategies Employed in Team Learning in the Context of Virtual Worlds

Abstract

We propose to carefully document collaboration strategies employed in the context of a specifically designed virtual world environment that supports distributed usability evaluations. The system called INspect‐World has been successfully employed for teaching the cognitive walkthrough usability inspection method in an undergraduate HCI class with 79 student participants. An initial analysis of 36 hours of screen recording reveals interesting team learning and collaboration behaviors at different stages of the usability inspection session. We see our findings encompassed in the dimensions of collaboration technology, human‐centeredness, and learning in particular. This paper describes the twofold motivation behind the project. Our ambition is to provide design insights in the form of carefully documented collaboration strategies for novel teaching tools in software engineering education. We also aim to support the development of virtual world based tools for distributed software engineering processes in the industry sector.

Author: Benjamin Koehne

Benjamin Koehne is a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of Informatics at UC Irvine.