Caught between real and virtual worlds.

Turner, Phil and Turner, Susan (2001) Caught between real and virtual worlds. In: The Usability Business: Making the Web Work. Springer-Verlag, London, pp. 60-70. ISBN 1-85233-484-3

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This chapter describes how we, as HCI practitioners, contributed to the design of a collaborative virtual environment-based simulator. This simulator is to be used by senior maritime professionals to practice and acquire safety-critical skills through simulated training. In the course of this work we encountered a number of unanticipated design and evaluation challenges beyond "simple" usability, though, of course, evaluating the usability of virtual environments is far from simple. The first of these challenges, or tensions, involved the need to exploit the power and possibilities of a collaborative virtual environment to the full against the need to maintain the fidelity of the modelled environment. The second challenge is more subtle, given that a virtual environment can only be an approximation to reality, how approximate should it be, or "how real is real?".

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 1-85233-484-3
Uncontrolled Keywords: human factors; management; collaborative virtual environment-based simulator;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 005 Computer programming, programs & data > 005.4 Systems programming and programs > 005.43 Systems programs & operating systems > 005.437 User interfaces
Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Item ID: 3110
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2010 11:52
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2010 11:52

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