Earlier this month the DU-TEL-SIG had a paper published in the Journal of Computers in Education. “Facilitating collaborative learning between two primary schools using large multi-touch devices” is a case-study detailing the technical challenges and solutions of using SynergyNet to support collaboration between two remote locations. The paper is open-access and available here.
This paper presents a technical case study and the associated research software/hardware underpinning an educational research trial in which large touchscreen interfaces were used to facilitate collaborative interactions between primary school students at separate locations. As part of the trial, an application for supporting a collaborative classroom activity was created which allowed students at either location to transfer resources to the students at the other via a ‘flick’ gesture. The trial required several novel innovations to the existing SynergyNet software framework to enable it to support synchronous remote collaboration. The innovations enabled the first successful classroom collaboration activities between two separate locations within the United Kingdom using large touchscreen interfaces. This paper details the challenges encountered in implementing these innovations and their solutions.
J. McNaughton, T. Crick, A. Joyce-Gibbons, G. Beauchamp, N. Young, and E. Tan. Facilitating Collaborative Learning Between Two Primary Schools Using Large Multi-Touch Devices. Journal of Computers in Education, pp. 1–14, 2017