An arrangement of tablets for supporting collaborative learning (2015)
Thesis DisciplineHuman Interface Technology
Degree NameDoctor of Philosophy
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury. HITLabNZ
AuthorsSmart, Charles Macfieshow all
This thesis details the design and implementation of a system that uses tablets to create a plat- form for co-located collaboration. Previous research has demonstrated the potential of touch tables for facilitating collaborative work, and this system seeks to create a similar working space and determine whether similar collaborative benefits can be achieved. An evaluation is carried out comparing the tablets system to a laptop and a touch table in terms of facilitat- ing collaboration. The tablets system is shown to have similar collaborative potential to the touch table. This offers a cheaper, more accessible alternative to touch tables for facilitating computer-supported collaborative learning.