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Mediating an experience: an approach to designing a compelling synchronous, distant, virtual communication environment
Murnieks, Andre Christopher

2005, Master of Fine Arts, Ohio State University, Industrial, Interior and Visual Communic Design.
The current state of on-line, synchronous communication environments support an idealistic but unrealistic metaphor for the way people interact during a typical presentation. Available solutions purport simultaneous input from all parties involved rather than a presenter-to-attendee model analogous to a group presentation or classroom setting. Independent of the specific context, whether it be education or business, the intent of this inquiry and concept development is to challenge current models of on-line, synchronous communication and conduct practical research to create a model that defines a rich, one-to-many experience. The end result is a new communication model that employs design rationale and process to improve the state of real world, on-line collaboration. On-line technologies enable users to communicate in entirely new ways and, most significantly, from remote locations. Often a new technology is first expressed as a crude collection of tools—design and human factors are forgotten. Presented here are the user’s expectations, needs and desires, the adaptation of traditional and familiar communication mediums, and the exploitation of current technologies to serve design sensibilities. To illustrate the usability of the model and the dynamics of the experience, the results of an experiment employing a designed prototype are analyzed. The results indicate that a carefully designed virtual environment can compensate for the lack of physical collocation for a medium-sized university lecture. From a multi-disciplinary perspective, the prototype is evaluated based on a proposed set of criteria for designing a synchronous, on-line experience.
R. Stone (Advisor)
102 p.

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