Notes: Wermeskerken et al. Effects of Instructor Presence in Video Modelling Examples on Attention and Learning

van Wermeskerken, M., Ravensbergen, S., & van Gog, T. (2018). Effects of instructor presence in video modeling examples on attention and learning. Computers in Human Behavior, 89, 430-438. Does including a video that includes a view of the presenter add (through instructor presence) or detract (through distracting the viewer by forcing them to split attention)? This paper takes a look at a specific design pattern - an instructor presenting some content in a presentation - and uses eye tracking to observe where a viewer’s attention is focused during the video, and tries to assess the impact on learning (using pre/post test scores as a proxy). Is the a deeper connection through social response stronger than the “split attention effect” where viewers are automatically drawn to look at a human face rather than the content in a presentation? Does working memory1 get messed up by having the instructor visible (but separate from the content)? ...

December 9, 2019 · 3 min

Immersive theatre informing VR experiences

  But for as popular as immersive theater has become, it hasn't solved its scale problem. Productions like Then She Fell offer incredible intimacy between the actor and viewer, but to do so, they only fill 15 seats a night. That means a year of shows can accommodate less people than a single movie theater for half a day. A few years ago, creator Jennine Willet was having drinks with 14 creatives at Disney who worked on park attractions....

March 23, 2017 · 2 min

Audrey Watters - Attending to the Digital

The transcript from a presentation by Audrey Watters at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. She was invited to talk about digital discourse as part of their launch of a domain-of-ones-own initiative. What a fantastic way to launch such a thing1. Read the entire thing. Building on Postman, Chaucer, Caulfield. Nice. In part, I find that those who want to dismiss such a thing as “digital distraction” tend to minimize the very real impact that new technologies do have on what we see, what we pay attention to....

October 22, 2016 · 2 min

Charlene Chin - Will this be the classroom of 2050?

Article with question mark in title? Answer likely "no." But, it's going to be some classrooms, for sure. An interesting use of computer vision and machine learning to generate metadata about student engagement. This could (should|will) be used for more than just lecturing, and what if students had access to their own data? This could be a powerful tool to support self-reflection on teaching and learning… In a case of almost-perfect-timing, I presented to the iLab yesterday about some of my ideas for PhD work - looking for ways to help support self-reflection on teaching and learning....

October 19, 2016 · 2 min

Antti Oulasvirta on reforming CHI

I'm new to the CHI community, and have been involved with only one project that submitted a paper to CHI. I was struck by the cadence - it's a once-per-year submission deadline that sets the pattern of activity for an entire research lab. That feels weird. Maybe it's good, though, as it pushes people to publish their work on a regular basis rather than just at the end of a thesis or dissertation project…...

October 18, 2016 · 1 min

consolidating phd notes

I started a new blog site, running the fantastic Known blogging platform on a fresh subdomain running on my webspace at Reclaim Hosting. The intention was to give a place to think out loud about stuff I’m working on or thinking about for my PhD program. I started publishing some stuff, and then realized that having a separate site for that was awkward. There was no real need to separate and disconnect that content from the Day Job™ content from the-rest-of-my-life content....

July 25, 2016 · 1 min

Ideas on the documentation and interpretation of interactions in a classroom environment

Some rough notes of some ideas I hope to work on, potentially as part of my PhD program. My Masters degree thesis was based on the use of social network and discourse analysis in an online course to attempt to understand the differences in student activity and interactions in two different online platforms and course designs. Tools like Gephi and NodeXL are available to anyone teaching online, to feed the data (system-generated activity logs, raw discussion text, twitter hashtags, search queries etc....

July 16, 2016 · 4 min

ethnography links

Gathering links on ethnography, microethnography, etc. To help flesh out the ideas around computational microethnography in documenting and analyzing classroom interactions. Ethnography links Microethnography links

July 10, 2016 · 1 min

Thinking about documenting and visualizing interactions

Some super-rough sketches of some ideas for documenting and visualizing interactions between people in a learning space. Lots of work left to refine the ideas and then to try implementing them…

July 9, 2016 · 1 min

some light reading on technology and robots as tutors

Bartneck, C., Kuli, D., Croft, E., & Zoghbi, S. (2008). Measurement Instruments for the Anthropomorphism, Animacy, Likeability, Perceived Intelligence, and Perceived Safety of Robots. International Journal of Social Robotics, 1(1), 71-81. Burgard, W., Cremers, A. B., Fox, D., & Hähnel, D. (1998). The interactive museum tour-guide robot. Aaai/Iaai. Castellano, G., Paiva, A., Kappas, A., Aylett, R., Hastie, H., Barendregt, W., et al. (2013). Towards Empathic Virtual and Robotic Tutors....

June 23, 2016 · 6 min