Embodied Concept Mapping

Embodied Concept Mapping

Creating learning experiences that are meaningful and motivational is crucial in learning, and organizing ideas via concept maps allows students to view prior knowledge with new perspectives. In recent years, embodied computation–the control of digital technology with gestures– has emerged as a new, novel way to meet educational objectives through intuitive control and associating knowledge with physical events. Unfortunately, a majority of systems that incorporate embodied interaction expensive prototypes, which makes using them in K-12 classrooms challenging. However, affordable depth cameras like the Microsoft Kinect controller have recently brought embodied interaction to an increasing number of households, allowing users’ bodies to “become” controllers. With this in mind, my colleagues and I are developing a low cost system that provides embodied interaction with a computer and depth camera, through which learners can create concept maps with gestures. Our current work involves defining intuitive gestural controls, and future work will involve evaluating the system’s effectiveness in a classroom setting. The ultimate aim is to create opportunities to easily and affordably incorporate embodiment into collaborative learning.

You can more about the project in the following paper:

Danielescu, A., Savio-Ramos, C., & Sadauskas, J. (2013). Constructing an Embodied Interaction for Concept Mapping. In C. Stephanidis (Ed.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII 2013), Posters, Part II, CCIS 374 (pp. 23–27). Las Vegas, NV, USA: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-39476-8_5