When the fingers do the talking: A study of group participation for different kinds of shareable surfaces

Marshall, Paul, Hornecker, Eva, Morris, Richard, Dalton, Nick and Rogers, Yvonne (2008) When the fingers do the talking: A study of group participation for different kinds of shareable surfaces. In: IEEE Tabletops and Interactive Surfaces '08, 2-3 October 2008, Amsterdam.

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Abstract

A user study is presented that investigates how different configurations of input can influence equity of participation around a tabletop interface. Groups of three worked on a design task requiring negotiation in four interface conditions that varied the number (all members can act or only one) and type (touch versus mice) of input. Our findings show that a multi-touch surface increases physical interaction equity and perceptions of dominance, but does not affect levels of verbal participation. Dominant people still continue to talk the most, while quiet ones remain quiet. Qualitative analyses further revealed how other factors can affect how participants contribute to the task. The findings are discussed in terms of how the design of the physical-technological set-up can affect the desired form of collaboration.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: J900 Others in Technology
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer Science and Digital Technologies
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2016 09:09
Last Modified: 15 May 2017 07:39
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/26131

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