The four Ts of the collaborative classroom

Emma Mary Mercier, Steven E. Higgins

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Drawing on a multi-year study of using multi-touch tables in a classroom setting, this paper lays out a framework to use when designing and studying collaborative classrooms. The framework identified the overlapping aspects of teachers, tasks, technology and teams, as being essential features of the use of computer-supported collaborative learning in classrooms. We argue that the design of collaborative classrooms should take this model into account during design and evaluation phases. This paper contributes to the Methods and Techniques strand of the Orchestrated Collaborative Classrooms Workshop.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-19
Number of pages5
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
StatePublished - 2015
EventOrchestrated Collaborative Classroom Workshop 2015, OCCW 2015 - co-located with 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2015 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: Jun 7 2015 → …


  • CSCL
  • Classroom orchestration
  • Design
  • Interactive surfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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