This thesis presents a tangible cooperative distance learning environment via a custom set of Trackable Interactive Multi-modal Manipulatives (TIMMs). This work defines a platform empowering people with visual impairments to create, modify, and naturally interact with mathematical graphs. TIMMs are designed to enable distance cooperation among sighted and BVI (Blind and Visually Impaired) students including instructors. This system enables distance learning and sharing of special education teachers to help alleviate shortage of instructors in rural areas. This system supports remote and active stacking, and position tracking of manipulatives on a table-top surface, while providing complete visibility to local and remote instructors and students. This user-centered design is derived from various visits and discussions with instructors of blind and visually impaired students in K-12. This thesis also proposes a classification and comparison of existing TUIs designed for BVI to present a structured overview of current research via a novel framework and make suggestions for future work in this area.
|Commitee:||Cooper, Shaun, Hout, Michael, Toups, Zachary|
|School:||New Mexico State University|
|School Location:||United States -- New Mexico|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Assistive technology, Blind and visually impiared, Cscw, Human computer interaction, Remote learning, Tangible user interface|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be