Media usage: Observations from an experimental study of computer-mediated collaborative design

Jamal Al-Qawasmi*, Mark J. Clayton

*Corresponding author for this work

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Empirical studies can help characterize media usage in Internet-based collaborative environments and how they support architectural design. The information gained can lead to development of better tools, improved business practices, innovative educational approaches, and more effective design instruction. A rigorous controlled experiment has revealed hard evidence of how people use a collaborative environment to support architectural design. Teams of students undertook a short architectural design problem using a commercially available collaboration support software package. We observed that users employed shared drawing channels and audio channels more than text-based channels or video channels. Participants worked concurrently to a greater extent than was expected. A shared whiteboard tool was particularly useful in design analysis and coordination, while shared CAD environments supported synthesis and evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputing in Civil and Building Engineering
EditorsR. Fruchter, F. Pena-Mora, W.M.K. Roddis, R. Fruchter, F. Pena-Mora, W.M.K. Roddis
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameComputing in Civil and Building Engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (all)


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