Discrepancies in a virtual learning environment: something worth communicating about for young children with ASC?

Alcorn, Alyssa M, Pain, Helen and Good, Judith (2013) Discrepancies in a virtual learning environment: something worth communicating about for young children with ASC? In: 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, June 24-27, 2013, New York, NY.

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Abstract

This paper explores the phenomenon of young children with autism spectrum conditions (ASC; aged 5-8 years) detecting discrepancies (i.e. novel or rule-violating occurrences) in a virtual environment (VE), and their subsequent reactions. Analysis of existent video data of 8 children with ASC interacting with the ECHOES VE showed that they detected and reacted to a range of discrepancies. More importantly, these discrepancies motivated a range of positive, social initiations, such as sharing affect, commenting, and social referencing. These early results suggest that deliberately including discrepancies in VEs may motivate initiation for children in this group. However, little is known about the possible types of discrepancies that might exist in a VE, how this population understands them, and how they might practically be incorporated into future designs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: autism, children, social communication, initiation, virtual environments, discrepancy, novelty, HCI
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC0980 Types of education > LC1001 Humanistic education. Liberal education > LC1022 Computer-assisted education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA0076 Computer software
Depositing User: Judith Good
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2015 11:53
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2015 11:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/56120

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