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ERIC Number: ED188573
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Interactive Monitoring of Computer-Based Group Communication. Paper P-71.
Spangler, Kathleen; And Others
The interactive monitoring of group communication through computers is a procedure analogous to biofeedback, and small group communication computer programs have been developed with monitoring software that has been used to evaluate the impact of the medium on group communication. There is presently no technical reason that such information could not be made available to users of computer conferencing. An interactive monitor would allow the group to spot possible communication barriers and then determine proper interventions to reduce the barriers, thus providing an evaluation and alteration mechanism. A 4-part system known as HUB is being developed that includes a computer conferencing facility, a graphic communication facility, a program workspace, and a document workspace. It monitors variables in several categories: group processes; individual communication styles; and task performance. Data display, a complex and challenging task, is currently under development. The system is expected to (1) develop roles for a group facilitator; (2) encourage experimentation with group structures; and (3) provide evaluation of group and individual performance. Current planning calls for field tests of HUB and its monitoring subsystem over the next two years. (RAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. Div. of Mathematical and Computer Science.
Authoring Institution: Institute for the Future, Menlo Park, CA.