Haptic Group Work Tools

Group work is an important part of the mandatory school years in Sweden. It does not only enable collaborative problem solving and learning, but also helps in forming social bands and skills during the early years of life. Taking part in group work activities can be especially challenging for visually impaired pupils, since they are usually the only visually impaired pupils in their respective class and can often not use the same material as the sighted pupils do. This creates problems with establishing common ground and has been shown to lead to exclusion of visually impaired pupils from parts of the work.

Research on technical solutions for supporting collaboration between sighted and visually impaired pupils during group work in school is sparse and the main aim of this project is to find means by which collaborative learning environments based on haptic and audio can be used to include the visually impaired pupil in the group work process. Results show examples of what is needed for a visually impaired pupil to be fully aware of the work process such that the pupil can benefit from group work.

Team

Current members

  • Eva-Lotta Sallnäs Pysander, Professor at Royal Institute of Technology
  • Jonas Moll, Assistant Professor at Örebro University

Previous members

  • Fredrik Winberg, PhD at Royal Institute of Technology
  • Sten-Olof Hellström
  • Kerstin Severinsson Eklundh
  • Yngve Sundblad

Funding

VR NT, Swedish Research Council