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Co-reading: Investigating collaborative group reading

J Pearson, T Owen, H Thimbleby, GR Buchanan

Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries | Published : 2012

Abstract

Collaborative reading, or co-reading as we call it, is ubiquitous; it occurs, for instance, in classrooms, book-clubs, and in less coordinated ways through mass media. While individual digital reading has been the subject of much investigation, research into co-reading is scarce. We report a two-phase field study of group reading to identify an initial set of user requirements. A co-reading interface is then designed that facilitates the coordination of group reading by providing temporary 'Point-out' markers to indicate specific locations within documents. A user study compared this new system with collaborative reading on paper, with a positive outcome; the differences in user behavior bet..

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