Hanzible: Paper-based interface for learning Chinese characters

Hanzible system


Most technologies designed for language learning in the classroom, especially to improve vocabulary learning, often consider only individual learning or disregard formal classroom learning. Hanzible is a paper-based tangible application to aid in collaborative Chinese character learning in classroom, which is specifically designed to enable exploration of the different aspects of Chinese characters (calligraphic stroke order, sound, structure, latin transcription), as well as to foster discussion among students.

The source code for the Hanzible prototype can be found in github.


  • Yun Wen, Luis P. Prieto, Pierre Dillenbourg. Paper-based tabletop application for collaborative Chinese character learning. Accepted at the 11th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL 2015), Gothenburg, Sweden, June 2015.


Contact / Collaborators

Luis P. Prieto

Daniela Caballero

Pierre Dillenbourg


Acknowledgements and funding

This project is part of the Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship MIOCTI, whose goal is to study and model classroom orchestration, and to propose and evaluate solutions to enhance such orchestration, using tangible user interfaces and paper computing.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IEF project no. 327384.