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Title: The Benefits and Limitations of Distributing a Tangible Interface in a Classroom
Authors: Cuendet, Sébastien
Dillenbourg, Pierre
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Cuendet, S. & Dillenbourg, P. (2013). The Benefits and Limitations of Distributing a Tangible Interface in a Classroom. In Rummel, N., Kapur, M., Nathan, M., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings Volume 1 — Full Papers & Symposia (pp. 137-144). Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: We report the design and testing of TapaCarp, a CSCL environment for carpenter apprentices. From the start, we designed TapaCarp for a classroom usage. This led to an interface distributed over several components and modalities. A first user study conducted in a classroom environment and involving 24 carpenter apprentices produced mixed conclusions about the distribution of the interface. On one hand, it proved suitable in terms of classroom integration and flexibility. On the other hand, it hurt usability, both at the group level and at the classroom level. Based on these results, we discuss the relevance of distributing a learning environment interface and introduce the concept of "over-Hutchins threshold", a point after which the distribution of the interface becomes harmful to classroom orchestration.
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