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An Interactive Tablecloth for Facilitating Discussion in a Culturally Diverse Group

Wiseman, Sarah; van der Linden, Janet; Spiers, Ad and Oshodi, Maria (2015). An Interactive Tablecloth for Facilitating Discussion in a Culturally Diverse Group. In: Cultural Diversity and Technology Design Workshop at 7th International Communities and Technologies Conference, 27-30 Jun 2015, Limerick, Ireland.

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Group discussions are a useful tool in a number of environments: from working towards a common goal in a business setting, to gathering feedback on an exhibit in a museum for example. One issue in such sessions is that some group members can talk more loudly and confidently than others, making some group members change their mind or keep quiet, this can result in interesting differences of opinion being lost. In this paper we present a tool for facilitating such group discussions. The tool is an interactive tablecloth that is controlled with tangible interfaces, and provides a method for each group member’s voice to be heard prior to discussion, thus preserving the diversity of responses. When tested after an immersive theatre performance, the tool effectively allowed each group member to answer questions individually prior to beginning group discussion. This also allowed the facilitator to effectively coordinate the discussion in an efficient manner.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Flatlands (XC-13-055-JV)7477NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts)
Keywords: eTextiles; group discussion; non-visual interaction; accessibility
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 44842
Depositing User: Janet van der Linden
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2015 14:07
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 14:21
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