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Working with ‘mission control’ in scientific fieldwork: supporting interactions between in situ and distanced collaborators

Coughlan, Tim; Adams, Anne; Collins, Trevor; Davies, Sarah-Jane; Lea, John and Rogers, Yvonne (2011). Working with ‘mission control’ in scientific fieldwork: supporting interactions between in situ and distanced collaborators. In: The 2011 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 19 - 23 Mar 2011, Hangzhou, China.

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Interaction between in situ and distanced collaborators focused on the physical environment is an under-explored research area, where there is potential for novel mobile and indoor technologies to enhance activities. This paper describes research in progress to explore how new forms of collaborative learning in scientific fieldwork can be supported. We describe field trials of a prototype system designed to connect higher education students engaged in earth science fieldwork with peers based in a ‘mission control’ type environment. We discuss how analysis of these trials is leading us to identify new requirements to support effective collaboration between users based across contrasting locations, including issues of spatial coherence, deictic communication and reflection.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Authors
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetEPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
Keywords: mobile; collaboration; fieldwork; OTIH; tabletop; multitouch,
Academic Unit/Department: Institute of Educational Technology
Knowledge Media Institute
Science > Environment, Earth and Ecosystems
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
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Item ID: 26139
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Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2011 14:28
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 21:34
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