Coding through Touch: Exploring and Re-designing Tactile Making Activities with Learners with Visual Dis/abilities

Joo Young Seo, Gabriela T. Richard

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Abstract

Learners with dis/abilities are still often marginalized when it comes to learning with contemporary maker technologies, despite efforts to broaden participation. The purpose of this study is (1) to explore the experiences of diverse learners with visual impairments engaging with a tactile block-based maker / robotic coding kit; and (2) to discuss how to better engage such learners in the maker ethos through technologies and activities with different affordances. Interaction analysis was conducted on a three-day summer making workshop for high school students and pre-collegiate adults with visual dis/abilities to understand their experiences both with and without accessibility modifications. Findings as well as recommendations for increasing the accessibility of current maker tools and activities are provided to assist educators and designers in understanding more inclusive ways to embrace diverse learners in making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsMelissa Gresalfi, Ilana Seidel Horn
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages1373-1380
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781732467279
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Nashville, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2020Jun 23 2020

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume3
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNashville
Period6/19/206/23/20

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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