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Collaborative Problem Solving with Objects: Physical Aspects of a Tangible Tabletop in Technology-based Assessment

  • Valérie MaquilEmail author
  • Eric Ras
Conference paper

Abstract

This chapter analyses how the physical objects and space of a tangible user interface supports groups of participants to collaboratively solve a problem. Our aim is to understand which characteristics of the physical space support the participants in thinking collaboratively. We describe a user study with a tangible tabletop for technology-based assessment. We identify a series of patterns extracted from a video analysis using the Collaborative Learning Mechanism framework. In our discussion, we elaborate the characteristics of the TUI that support interactions based on the observed patterns: the physical interaction objects, the shareability of the space, and the non-responsive spaces.

Keywords

Tangible user interface Interaction design External cognition Collaborative problem solving Computer-based assessment User study 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Many thanks go to our student Warda Atlaoui, who was strongly involved in the development of the tangible tabletop. Further, we would like to thank all the colleagues who voluntarily participated in our study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Public Research Centre Henri TudorLuxembourgLuxembourg

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