The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign uses multi-touch tables in classroom settings to study how this technology influences group interactions and learning.

The interactive screens have been used to study how touch technology can be used to create a new way to advance human computer interaction. The department has also used it to show how students across all age groups can benefit from collaborative learning and how technology can support general learning. .

“Traditionally when we look at collaborative learning in technology, you think of three children fighting over a single mouse,” says Dr Mercier. “There have always been a lot of issues with in-person collaborative learning just with access to who actually gets to participate.”