The role of sketches in supporting near-synchronous remote communication in computer supported collaborative design
Mann, P. and Garner, S. (2006) The role of sketches in supporting near-synchronous remote communication in computer supported collaborative design. In: Computer supported cooperative work in design II. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 3865/2006. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 72-81. ISBN 3540329692
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This paper presents recent research into the functions and value of sketch outputs during computer supported collaborative design. Sketches made primarily exploiting whiteboard technology are shown to support subjects engaged in remote collaborative design, particularly when constructed in ‘nearsynchronous’ communication. The authors define near-synchronous communication and speculate that it is compatible with the reflective and iterative nature of design activity. There appears to be significant similarities between the making of sketches in near-synchronous remote collaborative design and those made on paper in more traditional face-to-face settings With the current increase in the use of computer supported collaborative working (CSCW) in undergraduate and postgraduate design education it is proposed that sketches and sketching can make important contributions to design learning in this context