User Centered Design of a Computer Supported Collaborative Work Environment in an Educational Scenario using Multiple Mouse Inputs: A Case Study

ICORD 09: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Research into Design, Bangalore, India 07.-09.01.2009

Year: 2009
Editor: Chakrabarti, A.
Author: Reddy,Vamshi P; Singh,Kshitiz; Yammiyavar,Pradeep
Section: Human Factors, Aesthetics, Semantics, ans Semiotics
Page(s): 394-401


Collaborative Education is a concept which is very uncommon to Indian School Education and not much content is developed in order for it to be implemented in classrooms. In this paper we present a User Centered Design methodology that led to the development of a Multi User educational software aimed at fostering collaboration among students in primary classrooms.Our study depicts various aspects that are to be considered while developing products that help in fostering collaboration among students.We conducted an initial pilot test to nd out the factors that exist in collaborative task solving using multiple mice. Certain merits and demerits of using multiple mice were also recorded and arepresented in this paper. We then compiled our ndings from these pilot tests into educational software for 3rd standard students. We tested our product in Kendriya Vidyalaya —IIT Guwahati and in this paper we present the ndings of our test and how the product which we developed using Microsoft Multipoint Technology (a technology which enables several mice to be connected to a single computer) helps in collaboration among students.

Keywords: Computer Supported Collaborative Education, Learning, Psychology of learning, Collaboration, Cognitive Load


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