Maximizing Environmental Validity: Remote Recording of Desktop Videoconferencing

  • Sean Rintel
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4550)


This paper discusses the development of the technical methodology for remote recording to maximize environmental validity for a project on how novices develop familiarity with desktop videoconferencing (DVC). It is also a discussion of how the technical setup, as well as the resulting data, was useful for finding usability issues for the company that provided the DVC software.


Desktop videoconferencing novices familiarity usability methodology environmental validity remote recording 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sean Rintel
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  1. 1.Department of Communication, University at Albany, State University of New York, 1400 Washington Ave, Albany NY 12222USA

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