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Co-reading: investigating collaborative group reading

Pearson, J., Owen, T., Thimbleby, H. W. & Buchanan, G. (2012). Co-reading: investigating collaborative group reading. In: Boughida, K. B., Howard, B., Nelson, M. L. , Sompel, H. V. D. & Sølvberg, I. (Eds.), JCDL '12 Proceedings of the 12th ACM/IEEE-CS joint conference on Digital Libraries. 12th ACM/IEEE-CS joint conference on Digital Libraries, 10-14 Jun 2012, Washington D. C., USA. doi: 10.1145/2232817.2232876


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 between paper and the new interface reveal intriguing insights into user needs and the potential benefits of digital media for co-reading.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: © Owner/Author | ACM 2012. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in JCDL '12 Proceedings of the 12th ACM/IEEE-CS joint conference on Digital Libraries,
Publisher Keywords: Co-reading, Documents, Collaboration, Slate PCs
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
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