Title: Collaborative multimedia environment for chess teaching

Authors: Francisco J. Garcia, Maria N. Moreno, Jose R. Garcia-Bermejo, Joaquin Garcia

Addresses: Computer Science Department – Science Faculty, University of Salamanca, Plaza de los Caidos S/N, Salamanca 37008, Spain ' Computer Science Department – Science Faculty, University of Salamanca, Plaza de los Caidos S/N, Salamanca 37008, Spain. ' Computer Science Department – Science Faculty, University of Salamanca, Plaza de los Caidos S/N, Salamanca 37008, Spain. ' Theory and History of Education Department – Education Faculty, University of Salamanca, Campus Canalejas. Po de Canalejas, 169, Salamanca 37008, Spain

Abstract: Chess teaching has not made extensive use of the so-called new technologies; in most cases, we just see a tutorial action in which e-mail is used to exchange moves that will be reproduced later by the student, either on a physical board or by means of any of the various chess-playing programmes. This paper describes a seminal initiative for chess schools; we propose a method for teaching and learning how to play chess, based on a web-based collaborative multimedia environment, called Chess Tutor. This collaborative environment facilitates the creation of groups in which one can learn the game by cooperating with other students and under the supervision of a Chess Master. We could point out quite a few remarkable aspects about this project, which has been running for about two years; however, this paper will focus on the cooperative scenarios used to carry out the teaching and learning process.

Keywords: chess teaching; collaborative environments; multimedia; CSCW; computer supported collaborative work; computer supported collaborative learning; CSCL; human–computer interaction; HCI; web applications; online learning; e-learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2007.014060

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2007 Vol.29 No.1, pp.54 - 62

Available online: 14 Jun 2007 *

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