Graduate Research and Discovery Symposium (GRADS)


A Participatory Design Process for Developing a Tool to Visualize Classroom Engagement


Shaundra Daily, PhD

Document Type



Human-Centered Computing

Publication Date

Spring 2013


Research indicates that student engagement while learning is positively correlated with academic performance. This projects aims to design an affective computing system that uses physiological measures gathered via wrist worn sensors to understand student engagement in the classroom. To address any possible social, political, or psychological obstacles to adoption, we have been utilizing a participatory process to co-design a software-based tool to support teachers in visualizing engagement in the classroom. Two groups, consisting of teachers, principals, and administrators are collaborating in this research study. Our focus groups have been divided into three sessions, held with each group. During session one, we first introduced stakeholders to electrodermal activity (i.e., an increase or decrease in sweat) as a measure, as well as the sensors for its measurement. Next, we familiarized ourselves with ways in which the teachers try and understand student engagement in the classroom, and how they could imagine improving their strategies.During the second session, we presented the paper-based prototype and asked for feedback. Based on feedback, we have created a digital prototype that displays color coded engagement data, aligned with video of classroom instruction.We will be going back to the teachers, to continue to refine our design.

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