Practicing the ‘Religion’ – Collaboration Patterns

In order to explore and determine successful (innovative) practices of using virtual worlds for collaboration tasks we are pursuing the approach of investigating – or initially, describing and formalizing – them as collaboration patterns. A collaboration pattern is defined as “a set of tools, techniques, behaviors, and activities for people who meet at a place to work on a common goal, together in a group or community”, and thus combines the people with their specific intentions and the medium with its distinct features and particular design in one concept.

An early exploration of collaboration patterns in the popular virtual world Second Life resulted in a compilation of patterns, which we classified according to the surplus value they get out of being carried out in a 3D environment and the effort they require in design and implementation (see Publications).

This eventually led to the creation of our Avatar-Based Collaboration (ABC) framework: a powerful tool to scaffold collaboration experiences by supporting and fostering the ideation and design of collaboration patterns for virtual worlds. Illustration and explanation in the next post (or see Publications).

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