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Mark Zachry

Winter 2023

Augmented Reality in Online Group Interactions

Co-directed by PhD student Weerachet (Pitch) Sinlapanuntakul and Dr. Mark Zachry

Note this DRG is at capacity for winter quarter and no longer accepting applications.

The implementation of digitalized avatars is one potential solution to reduce Zoom fatigue. Unlike virtual reality (VR), the augmented reality (AR) experience does not entirely occlude the real environment. Knowing this, to what extent would people be willing to adopt AR avatars? How do they influence the ways in which we virtually interact in a group? In this DRG, we aim to examine the relationship between the use of AR avatars and online synchronous collaboration experiences.

During the Winter quarter, we will explore the literature around AR avatars and online group interaction, design the study’s mechanics, run pilot sessions, and recruit participants to prepare for the study deployment in the Spring quarter. Mechanics of the study may include but are not limited to creating webform questionnaires, prototypes for user tasks, and documents/databases used to store data. DRG participants may also have the opportunity to continue involvement with this project after the quarter ends during a planned DRG in the Spring.

We are looking for 6 to 8 students who have experience with or a desire to learn about 1) quasi-experimental research design; 2) AR avatars; and 3) online group collaboration. This is a 2-credit DRG offered to undergraduate (HCDE 496) and graduate (HCDE 596) students. Students participating in this DRG will be required to attend in-person, weekly meetings on Thursdays at 11:30 am, and will be expected to spend approximately 4 to 5 hours outside of class each week contributing to the DRG.

Note this DRG is at capacity for winter quarter and no longer accepting applications.

If you have any questions, please contact Weerachet (Pitch) Sinlapanuntakul at

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