A Framework for Analyzing Social Interaction Using Broadband Visual Communication Technologies

A Framework for Analyzing Social Interaction Using Broadband Visual Communication Technologies

Susan O’Donnell (National Research Council, Canada), Heather Molyneaux (National Research Council, Canada) and Kerri Gibson (National Research Council, Canada)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-984-7.ch051
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Abstract

Broadband visual communication (BVC) technologies— such as videoconferencing and video sharing—allow for the exchange of rich simultaneous or pre-recorded visual and audio data over broadband networks. This chapter introduces an analytical framework that can be utilized by multidisciplinary teams working with BVC technologies to analyze the variables that hinder people’s adoption and use of BVC. The framework identifies four main categories, each with a number of sub-categories, covering variables that are social and technical in nature: namely, the production and reception of audio-visual content, technical infrastructure, interaction of users and groups with the technical infrastructure, and social and organizational relations. The authors apply the proposed framework to a study of BVC technology usability and effectiveness as well as technology needs assessment in remote and rural First Nation (indigenous) communities of Canada.

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