Social Computing Class PresentationPresentation Transcript
d SINQ Scientific INQuiry Social Computing December 12, 2011 Michael Gubbels June Ahn, Ph.D. Graduate Student Assistant Professor Department of Computer Science College of Information Studies College of Education Johnny Wu Graduate Student Department of Computer Science
The ProblemHow can children be encouraged to think about theirauthentic questions that arise in their day-to-dayexperience using an inquiry process rooted in scientificmethods?Challenges● Encouraging scientific thinking about authentic questions● Present conceputal model of scientific inquiry process ○ Not intimidating or boring ○ Relevant● Focusing on informal learning contexts
Informal Learning Contexti.e., Situations that are informal in their setting and organizationExampleIn a grocery store, a parent answers their childs questions about UPC bar codes or food origins.Characteristics 1. Questions tend to arise organically, so their askers are automatically engaged 2. Parents can present new concepts using a language that promotes understanding 3. Learning tends to seemlessly follow questions To design and build an online environment where we can take advantage of Goal these characteristics and this informal style of learning can unfold.
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ProjectDesign an online environment that supports andscaffolds a collaborative inquiry process for questionsthat arise in day-to-day experience.Contributions1. Use of collective intelligence to provide Not instructional scaffolding mutually exclusive2. Explicitly incorporating instructional scaffolding into interface design
"I wonder why some people get hungry faster than others?" Votes "I get hungry fast." "Solving this will help people feel better about themselves" "Curious about this too I always wonder this every day" "I’m one of the people who gets hung. faster"
Observations of KidsTeam Session● No votes against questions● Reasons for voting fall into three categories 1. I have also wondered about this. 2. This affects me directly. 3. I find this interesting.● These form the basis of the voting mechanism in our prototype.
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User Study Summary● Interface functioned as expected● Easy to ask and contribute to questions● Users felt the interface helped them ask good questionsSome flow of site (expectations, badges) was unclear