Pen, Paper and Presentations [audience]

Type of Thesis: 
Master Thesis

Presentations are used in many situations where knowledge is transfered orally. To get the maximum out of a presentation it is common to take notes, for instance during a lecture. Even with the rise of mobile devices such as tablets and laptops, the use of pen and paper is far from dead. As an example, a lot of students still print slides before a lecture in order to annotate them during the presentation. Nowadays we also see the rise of digital pens such as the LiveScribe pens, which allow us to digitally process things written on physical paper. 

The use of such digital pens present opportunities for new audience-oriented functionality during presentations. For instance, annotations can be synchronised with PDFs or can be shared with fellow students. Another example includes the analisys of the audience's annotations (e.g. location and time spent) to give feedback to the presenter (e.g. which slides needed the most annotations).

As part of this thesis you wil investigate the use of pen and paper by the audience during presentations. This could potentially involve a small questionaire where you gain insights into how students make annotations and what they do with them afterwards. The outcome of this study might then help you in etermining a more optimal way to create handouts. This information will help you to set up such design guidelines which will eventually drive the functionality supported in your implementation. 


Background Knowledge: 
  • Java
Technical challenges: 
  • You will work with digital pens and their SDKs
  • You will need to build your system on top of existing presentation solutions (e.g. PowerPoint)
Beat Signer
Reinout Roels
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