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Title:Improving Interfaces for Collaborative Work in Multiple-Device Environments
Author(s):Biehl, Jacob T.; Bailey, Brian P.
Subject(s):computer science
Abstract:Productive collaboration in a Multiple-Device Environment (MDE) requires an effective interface to efficiently manage applications among devices. Though many interfaces exist, there is little empirical understanding of how they affect collaboration. This paper reports results from a user study comparing how well three classes of interfaces; textual, map, and iconic, support realistic, collaborative activities in an MDE. From empirical results, our observations, and an analysis of how groups interacted with each interface, we produced a set of design lessons for improving management interfaces for MDEs. The lessons were demonstrated within the iconic interface, but are just as applicable to other interfaces. This work contributes further understanding of how to design effective management interfaces for MDEs.
Issue Date:2005-11
Genre:Technical Report
Other Identifier(s):UIUCDCS-R-2005-2654
Rights Information:You are granted permission for the non-commercial reproduction, distribution, display, and performance of this technical report in any format, BUT this permission is only for a period of 45 (forty-five) days from the most recent time that you verified that this technical report is still available from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Computer Science Department under terms that include this permission. All other rights are reserved by the author(s).
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-04-20

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