Towards Transdisciplinarity: Leading Collaboration in Virtual Environments as Embodied Avatars

Audience
Intermediate
Session Description
Addressing wicked problems across time, distance, and national boundaries holds promise. This session will share results from a doctoral study conducted fall 2013 that explored high-performing, collaborative groups using virtual environments. Over 40 groups within multiple industries were among 61 respondents from seven countries who participated. Environments were mostly Second Life, OpenSim, and World of Warcraft. Of interest was how individuals use dialogue to collaborate in their social and professional groups. Results indicate that cultivating identity through the relationship created as an avatar has its advantages for personal and professional development, including leadership.

The mixed methods study assessed an instrument and two constructs developed to help measure factors based on the National Cancer Institute’s Team Science Toolkit and MIT researchers’ work on building learning organizations. A taxonomy of avatar embodiment was built upon Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Transdisciplinarity represented the highest embodiment level where respondents’ self-actualize and transcend ‘self’ by collaboratively pursuing the art-of-the-possible. Many group endeavors were not possible in physical life opening pathways beyond interpolating the future.

A spectrum of virtual engagement was developed to identify heuristics for avatar dialogue and collaboration. The heuristics were based on extensive literature review, study results, and ethnographic experience. Implications of the study impact virtual team science, virtual community learning organizations and transdisciplinary research endeavors requiring collaboration assessment. Trends in blending virtual and physical community events and future directions to apply study finding will be discussed.

Presenter(s)
Barbara Truman
Cynthia Calongne
Andrew Stricker

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One Response to Towards Transdisciplinarity: Leading Collaboration in Virtual Environments as Embodied Avatars

  1. barbara.truman@gmail.com April 23, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

    Hello everyone,

    The slides are available on my Slideshare account: http://www.slideshare.net/barbaratruman/tcc-online-confernc

    Thank you for participating and let me know if you have any questions. All the best, Barbara

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