Consider the details: A Study of the Reading Distance and Revision Time of Electronic over Dry-Erase Whiteboards

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Rasmus Rasmussen, Morten Hertzum

Electronic whiteboards are replacing dry-erase whiteboards in many contexts. In this study we compare electronic and dry-erase whiteboards in emergency departments (EDs) with respect to reading distance and revision time. We find inferior reading accuracy for the electronic whiteboard at all three levels of distance in our study. For revision time, the electronic whiteboard is slower on one subtask but there is no difference on another subtask. Participants prefer the electronic whiteboard. Given the font size of the electronic whiteboard, the inferior reading accuracy is unsurprising but the reduced possibilities for acquiring information at a glance when clinicians pass the whiteboard may adversely affect their overview. Conversely, the similar revision times for one subtask show that logon may be done quickly. We discuss how details such as font size and logon may impact the high-level benefits of electronic ED whiteboards
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th Danish HCI Research Symposium
EditorsStephan Wensveen
Number of pages4
Publication date2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

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