Final technical rept. Nov 2001-Mar 2005
BRANDEIS UNIV WALTHAM MA
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This project proposed a cognitive framework that explains how participants in a cooperative activity coordinate and jointly make sense of an unfolding situation. The principles that are derived from this framework guide the construction of methods, tools, and interface technology that enable the cognitive engineering of online environments that structure the activities of distributed planners and actors in a manner that reduces the work involved in sharing meanings, understandings, and assessments. A toolkit has been developed that enables the construction of groupware environments that automatically produce complete transcripts of online user behavior that are replayable by a VCR like device. Interaction analysis methods have been created that can be used to assess problem areas in an online collaboration. Coordinating representations are then developed that enable the team to more effectively share a common assessment of their cooperative task. We have begun to investigate methods that leverage the representational content of coordinating representations in order to provide some adaptive capabilities to the groupware system.
- Computer Programming and Software