Behind the Curtains: Comparing Mozilla Hubs with Microsoft Teams in a Guided Virtual Theatre Experience

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Abstract

This paper examines the perceived social presence experienced in social virtual environments (Mozilla Hubs) in a theatre context compared to video-based meeting platforms (MS Teams). To achieve this, we carried out a comparative study, designed a concept for a guided tour, recreated a theatre stage in a virtual reality environment, and granted students access to this stage as a replacement for visiting the location in person. Results show only minor differences between the conditions, which can be attributed to the difficult navigation control scheme provided by the devices (e.g., tablets, smartphones) and the lack of compelling onboarding features. Nonetheless, the proposed submission identifies design potentials of virtual social environments and offers insights into how the examined efforts are perceived both by the guides and students.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2022 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops, VRW 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages19-22
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781665484022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event2022 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops, VRW 2022 - Virtual, Online, New Zealand
Duration: 12 Mar 202216 Mar 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2022 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops, VRW 2022

Conference

Conference2022 IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces Abstracts and Workshops, VRW 2022
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityVirtual, Online
Period12.03.202216.03.2022

Keywords

  • Virtual reality-Social virtual environments-Comparative study-Remote communication and collaboration

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