Participation awareness in a groupware environment: Presentation issues
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Computer and Security Science
Online group work is an increasingly central component of modern higher education and enterprise. Regardless of the mode of study, many learners will make use of a groupware application to support them in the completion of group work. In order to facilitate effective online collaboration, awareness mechanisms have been developed; groupware features aiming to replace some of the understanding of group member activity inherent in face-to-face collaboration. Ongoing research by the author explores “participation awareness”, a mechanism which autonomously collates and processes all activity within a groupware environment in order to produce an at-a-glance display of participation. This paper presents a preliminary analysis of data pertaining to how this awareness information is best displayed.