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This paper explores performing Go-along interviews in Immersive Virtual Reality (VR).

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Joakim Vindenes

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Go-along interviewing is an emerging qualitative research method where researcher and interviewee go together to a location relevant for the research. Usually employed in ethnographic studies, the method is used to provide a contextualized understanding of a participant’s experience. This paper explores performing Go-along interviews in Immersive Virtual Reality (VR). Through an analysis of ten interviews conducted inside our participants’ Virtual Mind Palaces we show how the interlocutors’ shared presence in the virtual environment established a common ground beneficial for communication. Being in VR enabled our participants to demonstrate interactions spontaneously, and, by providing a guided tour, show us relevant objects and locations in their Virtual Mind Palace.

Joakim Vindenes and Barbara Wasson. 2021. Show, don’t tell: Using Go-along Interviews in Immersive Virtual Reality. Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2021. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 190–204.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145