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CollAid: User Differentiation of Speech and Touch at the Tabletop

Tabletops have the potential to provide new ways to support collaborative learning generally and, more specifically, to aid people in learning to collaborate more effectively. To achieve this potential, we need to gain understanding of how to design tabletop environments so that they capture relevant information about collaboration processes so that we can make it available in a form that is useful for learners, their teachers and facilitators.
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CMate: Collaborative Concept Mapping

CMate aims to provide a new form of learning environment that helps learners and their teachers to gain a clearer understanding of each learner’s knowledge and misconceptions. To do this, we use the tabletop to combine the privately constructed individual users’ concept maps. CMate also permits students to have access to a list of suggested concepts and linking words, or type their own words, in order to build a concept map that gives response to a question posed by the teacher.
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