Cooperation Systems

Working cooperatively needs coordination and awareness about the work of others. There are many challenges arising when people work together: if work is done remotely, coordinating work is much harder, and even if work is done at the same time and at the same place there is a need for support of collaborative work. Challenges include missing or inadequate communication channels or coordinating the synchronized work on a document. After finishing this module, students should be able to design cooperative systems, to discuss them critically and to evaluate them. The presented theories and principles will be used practically in an accompanying project.

At first, basic knowledge about human communication and cooperation as well as paradigms and concepts of computer-based groupwork are given. This background knowledge will always be connected to use cases and examples. It will be followed by tools for the support of typical cooperation tasks with an emphasis on domains such as social media, augmented reality or tools that support reflection. Tools will also be inspected and viewed from the point of view of the users to gain knowledge about the analysis and the design of user interfaces of cooperative systems. Finally it will be reviewed how cooperative systems can be evaluated. The exercise for this lecture will be held in form of an accompanying project work.

This Lecture will presumably take place in wintersemester 17/18


Credit Points: 6
Individual dates for oral exams.
Prerequisite for the exam: successful participation in a project work.

Human-Computer Interaction ("Mensch-Maschine Interaktion")

Recommended previous knowledge
Knowledge in programming

Michael PrillaMarkus Jelonek

Lecture material


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