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Colloquium - Starbird

More than the Usual Suspects: The Physical Self and Other Resources for Learning to Program Using a 3D Avatar Environment
ATLAS/Project EPIC
4/14/2011
3:30pm-4:30pm

This talk will present results from a video-based analysis of non-programmers' use of a new platform for end-user programming, the 3D Avatar Programming System (3DAPS). We use micro-ethnographic analytic methods to understand how learning about programming occurs. We discuss how the management of internal and external cognitive representations of 3D movement information leverages existing, embodied knowledge to unravel less familiar knowledge -- that of programmatic instruction. In other words, the 3D movement serves as the language of translation between the representations to support learning. We also examine how shared code is used as an educational resource in a learning environment without a teacher.

Kate Starbird is a PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) Institute. She is also a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow. Ms. Starbird is a member of Professor Leysia Palen's research group, as well as the NSF-funded Project EPIC (Empowering the Public in Crisis) research team. In addition to the work presented here, her research focuses broadly on the use of social media during crises and mass emergencies, and specifically examines the self-organizing of volunteer groups during these events. Ms. Starbird has published work at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), the Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) conference, and other venues. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Stanford University in Computer Science.

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