zondag 17 februari 2013

Affinity+: Semi-Structured Brainstorming on Large Displays.

The Affinity+ concept has the potential to be useful in educational settings such as schools, museums, and libraries. Although it was designed to support collaborative activities among software designers/developers, it could support a wide range of collaborative project-based learning activities. The clearly narrated video below was produced by a team from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

"Affinity diagraming is a powerful method for encouraging and capturing lateral thinking in a group environment. The Affinity+ Concept was designed to improve the collaborative brainstorm process through the use of large display surfaces in conjunction with mobile devices like smart phones and tablets. The system works by capturing the ideas digitally and allowing users to sort and group them on a large touch screen manually. Additionally, Affinity+ incorporates theme detection, topic clustering, and other processing algorithms that help bring structured analytic techniques to the process without requiring explicit leadership roles and other overhead typically involved in these activities." -PNNL

Affinity+ Semi-Structured Brainstorming on Large Displays
Russ Burtner, Richard May, Randy Scarberry, Ryan LaMothe, Alex Endert
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Information Visualization Core Area:  Natural User Interactions
Information Visualization Core Area:  User Experience
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Large Displays: Will it ever be enough? (pdf)

Richard May, Jim Thomas, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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