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Do Handheld Devices Facilitate Face-to-Face Collaboration?: Handheld Devices with Large Shared Display Groupware to Facilitate Group Interactions
Chen-Chung Liu
National Central University, Taiwan
2/14/2007
11:30am-1:00pm

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.

Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning & Design.

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