Classbeacons: enhancing reflection-inaction of teachers through spatially distributed ambient information

Pengcheng An, Saskia Bakker, Sara Ordanovski, Chris L.E. Paffen, Ruurd Taconis, Berry Eggen

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Abstract

Reflection-in-action (RiA) refers to teachers' reflections on their teaching performance during busy classroom routines. RiA is a demanding competence for teachers, but little has been known about how HCI systems could support teachers' RiA during their busy and intensive teaching. To bridge this gap, we design and evaluate an ambient information system named ClassBeacons. ClassBeacons aims to help teachers intuitively reflect-in-action on how to divide time and attention over pupils throughout a lesson. ClassBeacons subtly depicts teachers' division of time and attention over pupils through multiple light-objects distributed over students' desks. Each light-object indicates how long the teacher has been cumulatively around it (helping an adjacent student) by shifting color. A field evaluation with eleven teachers proved that ClassBeacons enhanced teachers' RiA by supporting their sensemaking of ongoing performance and modification of upcoming actions. Furthermore, ClassBeacons was experienced to unobtrusively fit into teachers' routines without overburdening teaching in progress.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-5971-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2019
Event37th ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI2019) - Glasgow, UK, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019
Conference number: 37
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Conference

Conference37th ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI2019)
Abbreviated titleCHI2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period4/05/199/05/19
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Keywords

  • Ambient information system
  • Classroom
  • Leaner-centered education
  • Reflection-in-action
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Teacher proximity

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