Whiteboard tools

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... part of the technology for communities project,
started off by the authors of [Digital Habitats], Etienne Wenger, Nancy White, and John D. Smith.

Definition

An online drawing tool for diagrams with a shared interface allowing multiple members to draw.

Uses in communities of practice

To share drawings and allow for collaborative development of a diagram. A virtual shared whiteboard which allows community members to share drawings and create new ones allows the community to:

  1. develop common models and frameworks in real-time, and
  2. share those models easily with others.

Polarities

  • Together/apart, Synch/Asynch:
  • Interaction/publication:
  • Individual/group:

Key features

  • Pen, Erase, Basic Drawing, Autoshapes (with Custom Shapes), Autoconnection, Text, Comments, Pen and Eraser Features, Basic features to draw.

When diagrams are required and should be shared in real-time, a whiteboard allows the users to share a diagram and jointly edit and change it.

  • Insert space Add extra space to the diagram.

Adding new components to an existing diagram.

  • Ability to take and pass control Enables different people to take turns using the whiteboard. It may vary by platform.
    • Collaborate in real-time using a diagram tool by passing drawing capabilities between participants.

Examples