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Collaborative Paper-Based Annotation of Lecture Slides

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Journal of Educational Technology & Society Volume 12, Number 4, ISSN 1176-3647 e-ISSN 1176-3647


In a study of notetaking in university courses, we found that the large majority of students prefer paper to computer-based media like Tablet PCs for taking notes and making annotations. Based on this finding, we developed CoScribe, a concept and system which supports students in making collaborative handwritten annotations on printed lecture slides. It includes mechanisms for the paper-based sharing and semantic tagging of annotations and slides. Moreover, we present a novel visualization of shared handwritten annotations providing an integrated access to annotations from all learners. The results of a user study indicate that CoScribe efficiently supports student annotation and can be easily integrated into current annotation practice. (Contains 10 figures.)


Steimle, J., Brdiczka, O. & Muhlhauser, M. (2009). Collaborative Paper-Based Annotation of Lecture Slides. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 12(4), 125-137. Retrieved September 27, 2020 from .

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