Single locus of control in a tangible paper-based tabletop application: An Exploratory Study
Multiple loci of control is one of the main affordances of tangible tabletop UIs due to their capability for simultaneous manipulation. However, there is a tension between the efficiency given by simultaneous manipulation and the need to coordinate and reflect in group activity. We implemented a central point of control to synchronize the group work and afford opportunities for equal participation in a tabletop application. In this study, we analyzed log and video data of seven groups of primary school students using a tabletop application. The results show that log data about this central control's position and rotation can be a predictor of equal participation, also helping interpret group performance. Finally, we discuss the implications of such findings, e.g., to provide teachers with useful information about group collaborative processes.
Record created on 2015-06-23, modified on 2016-08-09