Advertisement

A Case Study of Interactive Tabletops in Education: Attitudes, Issues of Orientation and Asymmetric Collaboration

  • Andri Ioannou
  • Maria Christofi
  • Christina Vasiliou
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8095)

Abstract

This paper is concerned with the exploration of an educational tabletop application designed to facilitate collaboration amongst young learners while they learn about the “Plants of Cyprus”. The application was used by 28 third-graders during a scheduled visit at the Cyprus Center of Environmental Research and Education. We report empirical findings concerning the participants’ interactions around the table as well as their attitudes regarding the activity. Findings demonstrated that the students collaborated intensively in completing the task and they were overwhelmingly positive about the experience. The paper discusses issues of orientation of the on-display learning artifacts, which encouraged learners to move at a new location around the table to “correct” the orientation. Also, the study raises concerns regarding asymmetrical forms of collaboration, where peers dominated the activity despite the equal access on the tabletop surface.

Keywords

Interactive Tabletops Collaborative Learning Interactions Attitudes Orientation Asymmetric Collaboration 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    Buisine, S., Besacier, G., Aoussat, A., Vernier, F.: How do interactive tabletop systems influence collaboration? Computers in Human Behavior (in press)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Harris, A., Rick, J., Bonnett, V., Yuill, N., Fleck, R., Marshall, P., et al.: Around the table: Are multipletouch surfaces better than single-touch for children’s collaborative interactions? In: Proc. International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, ISLS, pp. 335–344 (2009)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Kruger, R., Carpendale, S., Scott, S., Greenberg, S.: How people use orientation on tables: Comprehension, coordination and communication. In: Proc. of the 2003 int. ACM SIGGROUP Conf. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA, pp. 369–378. ACM Press (2003)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Morris, M.R., Huang, A., Paepcke, A., Winograd, T.: Cooperative gestures: Multi-user gestural interactions for co-located groupware. In: Proc. CHI 2006, pp. 1201–1210. ACM (2006)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Tang, J.: Findings from observational studies of collaborative work. International Journal of ManMachine Studies 34(2), 143–160 (1991)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andri Ioannou
    • 1
  • Maria Christofi
    • 1
  • Christina Vasiliou
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Multimedia and Graphic ArtsCyprus University of TechnologyLimassolCyprus

Personalised recommendations