Do Handheld Devices Facilitate Face-to-Face Collaboration?: Handheld Devices with Large Shared Display Groupware to Facilitate Group Interactions
National Central University, Taiwan
One-to-one computing environments change and improve classroom dynamics since
individual students can bring handheld devices fitted with wireless
communication capabilities into the classrooms. However, the screens of
handheld devices, being designed for individual-user mobile application, limit
promotion of interaction among groups of learners. I'll present a design of
classrooms that incorporates personal workspace and public workspace. Students
use handheld devices as private workspace and work with peers on public
workspace with shared displays through their handheld devices. Experiments in
National Central University confirmed that students with only handheld devices
did not demonstrate expected participation ratios and actively interact with
group members. The proposed shared display groupware promoted shared
understanding of the workspace and increased awareness of partner actions.
Collaboration was enhanced by creating the opportunity for students to use
handheld devices to perform ideal communication patterns and avoiding
ineffective communication patterns.
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