U-Note: Capture the Class and Access it Everywhere.

Sylvain Malacria, Thomas Pietrzak, Aurélien Tabard, éric Lecolinet

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    We present U-Note, an augmented teaching and learning system
    leveraging the advantages of paper while letting teachers and pupils benefit
    from the richness that digital media can bring to a lecture. U-Note provides
    automatic linking between the notes of the pupils’ notebooks and various events
    that occurred during the class (such as opening digital documents, changing
    slides, writing text on an interactive whiteboard...). Pupils can thus explore their
    notes in conjunction with the digital documents that were presented by the
    teacher during the lesson. Additionally, they can also listen to what the teacher
    was saying when a given note was written. Finally, they can add their own
    comments and documents to their notebooks to extend their lecture notes.
    We interviewed teachers and deployed questionnaires to identify both teachers
    and pupils’ habits: most of the teachers use (or would like to use) digital
    documents in their lectures but have problems in sharing these resources with
    their pupils. The results of this study also show that paper remains the primary
    medium used for knowledge keeping, sharing and editing by the pupils.
    Based on these observations, we designed U-Note, which is built on three
    modules. U-Teach captures the context of the class: audio recordings, the
    whiteboard contents, together with the web pages, videos and slideshows
    displayed during the lesson. U-Study binds pupils’ paper notes (taken with an
    Anoto digital pen) with the data coming from U-Teach and lets pupils access
    the class materials at home, through their notebooks. U-Move lets pupils
    browse lecture materials on their smartphone when they are not in front of a
    Original languageEnglish
    Book seriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)643-660
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • Augmented classroom
    • digital classroom
    • capture and access
    • digital lecturing environment
    • digital pen


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