An exploratory study of augmented embodiment for computational thinking

Cheng Yu Chung, I. Han Hsiao

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Abstract

The contiguity of physical and digital content of embodied learning has been shown to increase student's engagement in educational contexts. Applications with various kinds of physical interactions have been deployed to enhance the learning experiences in many engineering domains. However, even though computer science education (CSE) is one of zestful topics in the recent years, there are few studies focusing on the embodiment of CSE materials, by which the abstract and intangible concepts could be transformed into an intuitive affordance that utilizes sensorimotor experiences during the learning process. We propose an augmented embodiment mobile app designed for computational thinking (CT), specifically the debugging practices and abstraction concept, that makes use of gestures and augmented reality for learners to interact with the content. We examine the logic by the design framework for embodied learning and discuss potential extensions of multimodal analytics in such an application. Our preliminary user study in a middle school shows students' engagement in the application, however, it also reflected several design issues that need to be solved in the next iteration. The future plan of data analysis and experiments is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, IUI 2019
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages37-38
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450366731
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 16 2019
Event24th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, IUI 2019 - Marina del Ray, United States
Duration: Mar 16 2019Mar 20 2019

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, Proceedings IUI

Conference

Conference24th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, IUI 2019
CountryUnited States
CityMarina del Ray
Period3/16/193/20/19

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Keywords

  • Augmented reality
  • Computer science education
  • Embodied learning
  • Mobile computing
  • Multimodal interfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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Chung, C. Y., & Hsiao, I. H. (2019). An exploratory study of augmented embodiment for computational thinking. In Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, IUI 2019 (pp. 37-38). (International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, Proceedings IUI). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3308557.3308676