Contrasting Time Mode and Sensory Modality in the Performance of Computer Mediated Groups Using Asynchronous Videoconferencing.

April 24th, 2010

Nowak, K. L., Watt, J., Walther, J. B., Pascal, C., Hill, S., & Lynch, M. (2004/01/01/). Contrasting time mode and sensory modality in the performance of computer mediated groups using asynchronous videoconferencing. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 37th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Place of Publication: Los Alamitos, CA, USA; Big Island, HI, USA. Country of Publication: USA.

A foundational issue to my dissertation research is the question of what real differences there are between Face to Face (FtF) communication and various media, specifically video communication. This issue can be viewed from various perspectives, such as comprehension and retention, enjoyment, social bonding, ease of use, willingness to participate, etc. I frequently struggle with trying to avoid falling into the trap of perceiving one communication medium as inherently superior or inferior and instead attempt to look toward identifying what the real differences are and how they affect our communication choices and perceptions. However, identifying a given method’s superiority, or even a hierarchical inferiority-to-superiority structure of communication media is a common approach (e.g. theories of media richness, media synchronicity, and media naturalness). Generally, it is seen that Read the rest of this entry »

Exploring Online Videos as a Way to Share Knowledge

April 19th, 2010

Lewis, J. (2008). Exploring online videos as a way to share knowledge. Knowledge Management Review, 11(1), 28-33.

This anonymous article looks at an interview with Joyce Lewis, marketing and communications manager, University of Southampton, UK on the topic of the Electronics and Computer Science School’s use of online video to broadcast student and faculty news and research updates.

In this interview, Lewis suggests that the world has not yet realized the full potential of the Web, since so many technologies are so new and people cannot or do not keep up with such advancing technologies. She goes on to opine that our previous experiences constrain our views of computer technologies, so that we put such technologies to use as “modern” versions of existing technology. Read the rest of this entry »