Re-tutor: An augmented reality based platform for distributed collaborative learning

Weidong Huang, Xiaodi Huang, Wei Lai

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Many ICT technologies have been used to develop systems to support collaborative learning. These systems are mainly developed to support interaction between users when they collaborate with each other to learn knowledge and solve a problem. However, there are many situations for collaborative learning in which geographically distributed participants play distinct roles and work together to produce or manipulate physical objects. For example, a teacher in a major city teaches a disabled child at a remote area; a remote tutor provides a tutoring service to a local student at home to finish an art or handcraft assignment; or more often, a teacher guides a class of students online through a series of activities in which physical objects are involved such as drawing a picture using different pens. In these scenarios, traditional learning systems may be limited since students not only need to see and hear their teacher, but also need to interact with their teacher to use or manipulate physical objects. In this paper, we introduce a novel system platform called RETutor that is proposed to support this category of collaborative learning scenarios. In this system, while physically distributed, a teacher is enabled to talk to his students, see what the students are working on, and provide guidance information using hand gestures or annotations which are often needed for physical tasks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCDVE 2014: Cooperative design, visualization, and engineering
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Conference, CDVE 2014
EditorsYuhua Luo
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783319108308
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventThe 11th International Conference on Cooperative Design, Visualisation and Engineering: CDVE 2014 - University of Washington, Seattle, United States
Duration: 14 Sept 201417 Sept 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd.
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


ConferenceThe 11th International Conference on Cooperative Design, Visualisation and Engineering
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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