Volume 1, Issue 2
  • ISSN 1569-2167
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9803
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In this paper we examine collaborative fiction writing in a face-to-face setting and in a computer-mediated environment (online chat). To understand the role of social presence in online collaborative work, participants were placed either in a high collaboration task that involved working toward a common storyline or a low collaboration task that involved working toward individual storylines. For the high collaboration task, although face-to-face was perceived as more convenient than computer-mediated communication, this preference did not translate into any difference in terms of the number of idea units generated. For the low collaboration task, where teammates pursued independent storylines, computer-mediated communication was preferred over face-to-face communication. Despite this preference for computer-mediated communication over face-to-face communication in the low collaboration task, participants in the face-to-face condition generated more idea units than those in the computer-mediated condition. These findings are examined within the framework of interactivity and social presence.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
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