Abstract

In this paper we review two student design projects executed under a geographically distributed protocol. Our pilot design project occurred at the University of Dayton between the 5th and 14th of July, 2000. We assembled a small group of students into a distributed design team and assigned a rudimentary project via an audio chat session. Most team members were prohibited from face-to-face interaction during the ten-day period. To communicate and share data, they were required to use either the set of collaborative tools installed on each member’s personal computer or a telephone. The second project occurred from January to May 2001, involving students from Ohio University, Ohio Northern University and the University of Dayton. There were no artificial restrictions on the interactions amongst the team members as in the pilot project. However, the distance between the students made collaborating in a distributed fashion a necessity. This paper presents an overview of the design projects and the collaborative tools used, observations about our experiences executing design under this protocol, and future directions for this work.

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