Collaborating Via Artifacts

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What is the real difference between face-to-face and online collaboration? This brief slidecast explores this question by explaining what it means to collaborate via artifacts. For more information, see:

http://blueoxen.com/blog/2010/01/face-to-face-vs-online-collaboration/

I created most of the images used in this presentation. The heart graphic is from the eyehook free image library:

http://www.eyehook.com/free/love.html

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  • Your insight has got me thinking more deeply about how TRULY ARTIFACTS ARE critical for effective collaboration! My current dissertation research focuses on The Impact of Online/Offline Collaboration on Idea Generation Processes in the Blending Learning Environment. Let's collaborate, Eugene! I have questions...
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  • I'm a ghostwriter and I have an inherent bias about meeting my authors face to face, at least at the start of a project. I feel I'm able to get inside their heads a lot easier by watching them talk and interact with other people. But this presentation will no doubt help me make those face-to-face meetings, and subsequent online interactions, much more productive. Thanks!
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  • I work with a 'virtual' company that only meets in person about once a month. We work with many clients who we've never met in person. I've never felt that the work suffered for lack of in-personness. In fact, I feel like the meetings are usually more productive because of the 'artifact effect' and also because information sharing tends to be less hampered by the subtle psycho-social dynamics that go on in meatspace.

    That said, I do think there are times where in-person meetings are critical, such as project kick-offs and some kinds of requirements gathering, and contextual inquiry, of course.

    Thank you for the informative presentation.
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  • Thanks for the reference to Joshua Porter's work! I wasn't familiar with it before, and I plan on taking a look.
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  • The discussion on Artifacts reminds me a lot of Joshua Porter's work on social objects. The key to good artifacts is to mimic well known modes of interaction (mostly from the face-to-face world) - just like we can improve face-to-face collaboration with good facilitation we can do the same online through good user interfaces.
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Collaborating Via Artifacts

  1. 1. Collaborating Via Artifacts Understanding The Real Difference Between Online and Face-To-Face Collaboration
  2. 2. What can we do when collaborating face-to-face that we can't when collaborating online ?
  3. 3. Over 10 million Wikipedia pages in over 250 languages generated by thousands of volunteers all over the world, the vast majority of whom have never met in person. More than 120,000 marriages a year that result from people meeting online. Over 3,500 developers all over the world developed the open source Firefox web browser, used by 125 million people world-wide.
  4. 4. Collaborating Via Artifacts
  5. 10. The Power of Shared Artifacts
  6. 12. What do you lose when you remove face-to-face interaction?
  7. 13. Secrets Wall
  8. 17. Is physical presence really that critical for bonding and conveying emotion?
  9. 19. 4 th Anniversary Party (2006) The Meaning Wall
  10. 20. <ul><li>Meaningful Moments That Happened This Past Year
  11. 21. Meaningful Moments You Hope Will Happen Next Year </li></ul>Write on a Post-It:
  12. 25. What can we do when collaborating face-to-face that we can't when collaborating online ?
  13. 26. With online collaboration, the conversation itself is an artifact
  14. 27. Online Collaboration SCALES
  15. 28. The Hidden Costs of Online Collaboration
  16. 29. Access and Literacy
  17. 30. ATTENTION

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