PaperCP: Exploring the Integration of Physical and Digital Affordances for Active Learning

  • Chunyuan Liao
  • François Guimbretière
  • Richard Anderson
  • Natalie Linnell
  • Craig Prince
  • Valentin Razmov
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4663)


Active Learning in the classroom domain presents an interesting case for integrating physical and digital affordances. Traditional physical handouts and transparencies are giving way to new digital slides and PCs, but the fully digital systems still lag behind the physical artifacts in many aspects such as readability and tangibility. To better understand the interplay between physical and digital affordances in this domain, we developed PaperCP, a paper-based interface for a Tablet PC-based classroom interaction system (Classroom Presenter), and deployed it in an actual university course. This paper reports on an exploratory experiment studying the use of the system in a real-world scenario. The experiment confirms the feasibility of the paper interface in supporting student-instructor communication for Active Learning. We also discuss the challenges associated with creating a physical interface such as print layout, the use of pen gestures, and logistical issues.


Active Learning Affordances Paper-based Interface Physical Interface Tablet PC 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chunyuan Liao
    • 1
  • François Guimbretière
    • 1
  • Richard Anderson
    • 2
  • Natalie Linnell
    • 2
  • Craig Prince
    • 2
  • Valentin Razmov
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer Science, Univ. of Maryland, College ParkU.S.A.
  2. 2.Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, Univ. of Washington, SeattleU.S.A.

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