Setting the Stage for Interaction   a tablet application to augment group   discussion in a seminar classDrew HarryMIT Med...
flickr / eston
flickr / Tommy Huynh
TWITTERINSTANT MESSAGETEXT MESSAGEEMAIL
Front ChannelBack Channel
Front ChannelBack Channel
Front StageBack Stage
Front StageBack Stage
Main StageSide Stage
Tin Can
Not everyone is equally comfortableparticipating.People talk one-at-a-time;simultaneous speaking is viewed asimpolite.Powe...
TimeIdeas          Topics  Participation    PresenceArchival Artifacts
TimeIdeas          Topics  Participation    PresenceArchival Artifacts
19   Students 22   Hours119   Topics839   Ideas
AttentionPromotionPrioritizing StagesTablets
Intro   Design   Study   Conclusion
AttentionIntro   Design     Study     Conclusion
Intro   Design   Study   Conclusion
PromotionIntro   Design     Study     Conclusion
Intro     “I feel like [the professor] would be a     speaker for people who couldn’tDesign     speak, you know. The fact ...
Intro   Design   Study   Conclusion
Prioritizing StagesIntro   Design       Study             Conclusion
Intro      “I can remember a particular ...      presentation that he was doing a lot ofDesign      PowerPoint, I think he...
Intro   Design   Study   Conclusion
TabletsIntro   Design    Study    Conclusion
IntroDesign             “[I like to] organize my language a lot             before I actually talk because I wantStudy    ...
IntroDesign    “gave more people a    chance to say things thatStudy    they wouldn’t say”Conclusion
IntroDesign     “something that was on     my side, so to speak. YouStudy     know what I mean? ...     Like it was a reso...
Questions?Drew Harry      Eric Gordon       Chris SchmandtMIT Media Lab   Emerson College   MIT Media Labtincan.itdharry@m...
Google China               Life as a game       Google and Trust    Public versus Private Internet0         20            ...
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Full paper available here: http://web.media.mit.edu/~dharry/tincan.pdf

We present a tablet-based system to collaboratively track discussion topics and ideas in a seminar-style discussion classroom. Each student uses his or her own tablet to share text ideas in a synchronized, visual environment. The system is designed to promote diverse participation and increase engagement. Our findings are based on observations of twelve class sessions and interviews with participating students. Instead of simply introducing an additional text-based communication channel into the classroom, we find that the system creates a new “stage” (in the Goffman sense) on which students could perform in ways that the main spoken stage could not support. This stage coexists with spoken communication, and augments how students attend to the material and each other. We conclude that spoken participation alone poses barriers for some participants and the addition of a non-oral, textbased stage can help establish equitable and engaging discussions in the class

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Setting the Stage for Interaction

  1. 1. Setting the Stage for Interaction a tablet application to augment group discussion in a seminar classDrew HarryMIT Media LabEric GordonEmerson CollegeChris SchmandtMIT Media Lab
  2. 2. flickr / eston
  3. 3. flickr / Tommy Huynh
  4. 4. TWITTERINSTANT MESSAGETEXT MESSAGEEMAIL
  5. 5. Front ChannelBack Channel
  6. 6. Front ChannelBack Channel
  7. 7. Front StageBack Stage
  8. 8. Front StageBack Stage
  9. 9. Main StageSide Stage
  10. 10. Tin Can
  11. 11. Not everyone is equally comfortableparticipating.People talk one-at-a-time;simultaneous speaking is viewed asimpolite.Power dynamics can diminishparticipation.
  12. 12. TimeIdeas Topics Participation PresenceArchival Artifacts
  13. 13. TimeIdeas Topics Participation PresenceArchival Artifacts
  14. 14. 19 Students 22 Hours119 Topics839 Ideas
  15. 15. AttentionPromotionPrioritizing StagesTablets
  16. 16. Intro Design Study Conclusion
  17. 17. AttentionIntro Design Study Conclusion
  18. 18. Intro Design Study Conclusion
  19. 19. PromotionIntro Design Study Conclusion
  20. 20. Intro “I feel like [the professor] would be a speaker for people who couldn’tDesign speak, you know. The fact that he was really into Tin Can, so he would read something that [a student] hadStudy written and be like oh, I want to quote this or talk about it and [act] as a spokesman for people who aren’tConclusion really comfortable speaking”
  21. 21. Intro Design Study Conclusion
  22. 22. Prioritizing StagesIntro Design Study Conclusion
  23. 23. Intro “I can remember a particular ... presentation that he was doing a lot ofDesign PowerPoint, I think he was completely oblivious to the Tin Can conversation and [the Tin Can conversation] ended up going in a very good direction ... asStudy a result, I do not remember anything he said, because ... the conversation on Tin Can was a little moreConclusion engaging”
  24. 24. Intro Design Study Conclusion
  25. 25. TabletsIntro Design Study Conclusion
  26. 26. IntroDesign “[I like to] organize my language a lot before I actually talk because I wantStudy my thoughts to be systematical and clear, I want people to get it.”Conclusion
  27. 27. IntroDesign “gave more people a chance to say things thatStudy they wouldn’t say”Conclusion
  28. 28. IntroDesign “something that was on my side, so to speak. YouStudy know what I mean? ... Like it was a resource.”Conclusion
  29. 29. Questions?Drew Harry Eric Gordon Chris SchmandtMIT Media Lab Emerson College MIT Media Labtincan.itdharry@media.mit.edu@drewwww
  30. 30. Google China Life as a game Google and Trust Public versus Private Internet0 20 40 60 80 100 120 Confession Ars Erotica Power of repression Truth about sex Logic of censorship Discussion0 20 40 60 80 100 120 Time since class start (m)

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