Remote Collaborative Multi-User Informal Learning Experiences: Design and Evaluation

Authors.
Ernesto Arroyo, Valeria Righi, Roger Tarrago, Patricia Santos, Davinia Hernandez-Leo and Josep Blat.
Information and Communication Technologies Department, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Published in:
EC-TEL 2011 Proceedings of the Sixth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning

Abstract:
This paper presents a customizable system used to develop a collaborative multi-user problem solving game. It addresses the increasing demand for appealing informal learning experiences in museum-like settings. The system facilitates remote collaboration by allowing groups of learners to communicate through a videoconferencing system and by allowing them to simultaneously interact through a shared multi-touch interactive surface. A user study with 20 user groups indicates that the game facilitates collaboration between local and remote groups of learners. The videoconference and multitouch surface acted as communication channels, attracted students’ interest,facilitated engagement, and promoted inter- and intra-group collaboration—favoring intra-group collaboration. Our findings suggest that augmenting videoconferencing systems with a shared multitouch space offers new possibilities and scenarios for remotRemote Collaborative Multi-User Informal Learning Experiencese collaborative environments and collaborative learning.

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Citation:

Arroyo E., Righi V., Tarrago R.,  Santos P.,  Hernandez-Leo D.and  Blat J.(2011). Remote Collaborative Multi-User Informal Learning Experiences: Design and Evaluation. In Proceedings of the Sixth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning EC-TEL. Palermo, Italy (2011)