Mechanisms for collaboration: a design and evaluation framework for multi-user interfaces

Yuill, Nicola and Rogers, Yvonne (2012) Mechanisms for collaboration: a design and evaluation framework for multi-user interfaces. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 19 (1). pp. 1-25. ISSN 1073-0516

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Multi-user interfaces are said to provide “natural” interaction in supporting collaboration, compared to individual and noncolocated technologies. We identify three mechanisms accounting for the success of such interfaces: high awareness of others' actions and intentions, high control over the interface, and high availability of background information. We challenge the idea that interaction over such interfaces is necessarily “natural” and argue that everyday interaction involves constraints on awareness, control, and availability. These constraints help people interact more smoothly. We draw from social developmental psychology to characterize the design of multi-user interfaces in terms of how constraints on these mechanisms can be best used to promote collaboration. We use this framework of mechanisms and constraints to explain the successes and failures of existing designs, then apply it to three case studies of design, and finally derive from them a set of questions to consider when designing and analysing multi-user interfaces for collaboration.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0712 Developmental psychology Including infant psychology, child psychology, adolescence, adulthood
Q Science > QZ Psychology
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Depositing User: Nicola Yuill
Date Deposited: 09 May 2012 10:39
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 23:54

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