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Multi-touch Display Technology and Collaborative Learning Tasks PROCEEDINGS

, , , , Monash University, Australia

EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

This research demonstrates the use of multi-touch display technology for collaborative tasks in the classroom via task breakdown and role assignment for individual learners. Multi-touch displays can provide a large shared digital workspace and multiple simultaneous user inputs. This paper provides a brief background discussion of improvements to a hardware and software multi-touch platform and then focuses on the design of collaborative learning software using the example of a Phonics literacy application. Collaborative learning design issues discussed include; i) learning task analysis, ii) learning task decomposition and role assignment, iii) engaging collaborative communication mechanisms, and iv) multi-person interface issues. The paper then discusses a pilot study of the usability and analysis of the data gathered. Conclusions and further research opportunities are then discussed.

Citation

Butler, M., McGivern, D., Artmann, A. & Morgan, M. (2010). Multi-touch Display Technology and Collaborative Learning Tasks. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2010 (pp. 1441-1448). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).