Virtual Environment Interactions (VEnvI)

Project Role: Principle Investigator

 

Funding 

National Science Foundation ($579,673)

Award Abstract #1344228 Virtual Environment Interactions: Exploring Grounded Embodied Pedagogy in Support of Computational Thinking

 

Clemson University ($30,000)

 

Project Description

In this project, we introduce an embodied pedagogical approach for learning computational concepts, utilizing computational practices, and developing computational perspectives. Throughout the iterations, we found students consistently standing up in front of their computers and using their bodies to think through the actuation of their characters. Findings suggest that a virtual-physical dance performance is a motivating and engaging social context in which to introduce students to alternative applications in computing.

 

Publications

Journals
Leonard, A. E., Dsouza, N., Babu, S. B., Daily, S. B., Jörg, S., Waddell, C., Parmar, D., Gundersen, K., Gestring, J., & Boggs, K. (2015). Embodying and programming a "constellation" of multimodal literacy practices: Computational thinking, creative movement, biology, & virtual environment interactions. Journal of Language and Literacy Education, 11(2), 64-93.


Daily, S. D., Leonard, A. E., Jörg, S., Babu, S., Gundersen, K., & Parmar, D. (2014). Embodying computational thinking: initial design of an emerging technological learning tool. Technology, Knowledge, & Learning. DOI 10.1007/s10758-014-9237-1

 

Leonard, A., Daily, S.B., (2013) Dancing in Virtual Environments (DIVE): Computational and Embodied Arts Research in Middle School Education. Voke. 1(1), 1-26.

 

Proceedings

Parmar, D., Isaac, J., Babu, S., D'Souza, N., Leonard, A., Jörg, S., Gundersen, K., Daily, S. (2016) "Programming Moves: Design and Evaluation of Applying Embodied Interaction in Virtual Environments to Enhance Computational Thinking in Middle School Students". IEEE Virtual Reality (to appear).

 

Daily, S., Leonard, A., Jörg, S., Babu, S., D'Souza, N., Parmar, D., Gundersen, K., Isaac, J. (2016) "Combating Perceptions of Computer Scientists: A Short-term Intervention". SIGCSE (to appear).

 

Daily, S.B., Leonard, A., Jörg, S., Babu, S., Gundersen, K. (2014), “Dancing Alice: Exploring Embodied Pedagogical Strategies for Learning Computational Thinking,” Proceedings of ACM SIG on Computer Science Education, Atlanta, GA. 


Leonard, A., Daily, S.B., Gundersen, K., “The Dancing Alice Project: Choreography and Computer Programming in Middle School,” National Dance Education Organization, Miami, Florida, (October, 2013).

 

Conference Presentations
Daily, S.B. “Introducing Computational Thinking Through Movement and Interaction with a Virtual Environment” STEM Think Tank and Conference Nashville, TN, July 8-10, 2015.

 

Leonard, A. E. (2015). “I am a cell”: Artistic processes of 5th graders merging computational thinking, movement, & biology, to be presented at the National Dance Education Organization annual meeting in Phoenix, AZ.

 

Leonard, A. E., Daily, S. B., Jörg, S., & Babu, S. (2015). Designing embodied pedagogical strategies for learning computational thinking: A design-based research approach, presented at the American Educational Research Association in Chicago, IL.

 

Leonard, A. E., Daily, S. B., & Gundersen, K. (2014). A digital map: Locating embodied cognition and computational thinking research within the Field, presented at the National Dance Education Organization’s annual meeting in Chicago, IL.

 

Daily, S.B., Leonard, A., Jörg, S. Babu, S. (2014), “Virtual Environment Interactions: Exploring Grounded Embodied Pedagogy in Support of Computational Thinking,” Presented at American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Leonard, A., Daily, S.B. (2014), “Embodying Computational Thinking: A Pilot Study Merging Movement and Programming with Middle School Students,” Presented at American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Posters
Sophie Jörg, Alison E. Leonard, Sabarish Babu, Kara Gundersen, Dhaval Parmar, Kevin Boggs, Shaundra Bryant Daily (2014) Character Animation and Embodiment in Teaching Computational Thinking. In ACM SIGGRAPH 2014 Posters (SIGGRAPH '14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 4.

 

Dotson, J., Gundersen, K., Daily, S.B. (2014) DIVE: Developing a Virtual Environment to Teach Computational Thinking. Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing.

 

Lecture Talks
Daily, S.B., “Dance and Technology,” Florida State University, Department of Dance Guest Lecture (September, 2014).

 

Daily, S.B., “Virtual Environment Interactions: Alternative Pathways to Interest in Computing,” Tufts University, Center for Engineering Education Outreach Lecture Series (May, 2014)

 

Daily, S.B., “Dancing In Virtual Environments: Alternative Pathways to Interest in Computing,” Virginia State University, Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Mathematics and Health Colloquium Series (October, 2013)