b-involved: Participation 4 all anywhere!


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b-involved is a multimedia platform that enables a small group of people to meet, through a internet connection, in a virtual room and have a focused discussion about a pre-defined issue.

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b-involved: Participation 4 all anywhere!

  1. 1. Participation 4 all anywhere! http://b-involved.jrc.it/ 11th October 2007
  2. 2. Description • Internet application that enables a small group of people to have a focused discussion about a pre-defined issue. • Each group has at least one Moderator and several Participants who meet in a virtual room. 2
  3. 3. Features Participants Table • Graphical representation of the people participating in the event. – Each person (participant or moderator) is represented by an icon and a login name; – The highlighted icons represent the people online – Moderators’ logins are displayed in blue, and the participants’ in black; – If you are a Participant, your own login is displayed in red; – Shows the user status. 3
  4. 4. Features Discussion Chat • Area where the participants are able to write their opinions about the issues in discussion. – The Moderators should facilitate the discussion; – The Participants should take in full account the Moderator’s instructions; – Participants should be familiarised to write with the keyboard; – The discussion is automatically stored. 4
  5. 5. Features Presentation Viewer • Place where you can view a presentation about the issue of concern. – The presentation should be short and simple; – The Organizer/Moderator of the focus group is responsible for creating this presentation; – Synchronized presentation. 5
  6. 6. Features Whiteboard • Place where the participants can contribute with real time drawings and schemes. – Several people can provide inputs to the same drawing in a collaborative environment; – Participants have at their disposal several basic drawing tools; – Drawings are automatically saved. 6
  7. 7. Features Virtual Library • Shared space where everybody can view and send different types of documents and links. – The material should be relevant to the issue in discussion; – The Moderators have the possibility to alter and delete any material or link sent; – Files accepted: – Text files: .txt, .rtf, .doc, .pdf; – Spreadsheet: .xls; – Presentations: .ppt, .pps; – Images: .jpg, .gif, .png; – Animations: .avi, .swf. 7
  8. 8. Features Video • Allows you to broadcast live audio and video to the other participants. – Moderator has the possibility to see and listen to all the participants; – Participants can only see (and listen) the moderator and a participant of its choice; – it’s possible to control what you broadcast. 8
  9. 9. Features Private Chat • Allows the moderator to have a one-to-one conversation with any participant. – Feature available only to the moderator; – The others participants can see the conversation. 9
  10. 10. Main Advantages • Allows remote and distributed e-participation sessions • Effective in providing on-screen visual stimulate to participants • No need to install any specific software • The discussion is automatically stored in a database and can be saved and analyzed later on by the Moderator • No cost associated 10
  11. 11. Main Challenges • Access: Requires an internet connection; • Skills (Usability): one needs to be skilled to work with computers; • Accessibility; • Person presence is partial lost: body language, tone of voice and other visual signals might not picked up; • Group dynamics as we know it, does change; • Moderation. 11
  12. 12. The (on-going) Future • Integration of evaluation tools – multi-criteria evaluation – participatory scenarios building; • Enhancement of moderation management tools (e.g. monitoring and control features). 12
  13. 13. More Information • b-involved website http://b-involved.jrc.it/ • Authors e-mails Paulo Rosa: paulo.rosa@jrc.it Ângela Guimarães Pereira: angela.pereira@jrc.it Gonçalo Lobo: ggl@fct.unl.pt 13