TandemTable: supporting conversations and language learning using a multi-touch digital table

Erik Paluka, Christopher Collins, Zhang;, Hao (Richard), Tony Tang;
2015 Graphics Interface  
We present TandemTable, a multi-touch tabletop system designed to break down communication barriers between partners, with a special focus on supporting those who are learning languages. The design was guided by a grounding study of a real-world tandem language learning (TLL) environment and refined with an exploratory study of an early prototype. TandemTable facilitates and supports conversations by suggesting topics of discussion and presenting partners with a variety of conversation-focused
more » ... ollaborative activities, which consist of shared digital topical content that is dynamically downloaded from the web. Through a formal study comparing TandemTable to the baseline TLL condition of no support, our system was shown to increase communication between learning partners, reduce social discomfort, and was the preferred way of engaging in TLL.
doi:10.20380/gi2015.18 fatcat:2wtrjgxgdrfuheputnbiktk2ve