Haptics in Education
This half-day panel workshop on the afternoon of June 6 will feature invited speakers and discussion on current implementations of haptics in all levels of education as a part of IEEE World Haptics 2017.
Intuitive and formalized in education models, hands-on experiences are important for learning. Haptics’ ability to facilitate kinesthetic information transfer makes it an appealing tool for not only haptics and general mechatronics tertiary education, but also for a wider range of levels and topics. To this end, several groups have presented low-cost devices and accompanying curriculum.
The workshop comes at a timely point to discuss methods for developing curriculum to be complemented by haptic devices. The goal will be to provide future and current educators with latest developments for haptics in education across all levels. Speakers will provide insights on devices developed for a broad range of curricular goals, many with iterative improvements to decrease cost, increase their efficacy, or achieve new curricular goals. Finally, the workshop is intended to provoke a discussion about the limitations of assessment of their impacts on learning outcomes. Despite student interest in hands-on devices, and the foundational role of experiences in learning, experimental comparisons of learning outcomes over a broad range of devices have shown mixed results.
The workshop is intended for graduate students, researchers and educators who have an interest in understanding the haptic interactions in education. The workshop will identify best practices in delivery and assessment of haptic enhanced education.
Workshop would be of interest to
· Instructors teaching mechatronics, control or haptic curricula interested in exploring low cost haptic tools
· Educational researchers with an interest in using haptics and virtual reality to support visual learning.
· Haptic researchers seeking to apply educational principles in new applications and devices
· Medical researchers interested in the interplay between learning a clinical skill and learning an educational concept
Roger Gassert, PhD, Director and
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Saint Louis University
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|Volkan Patoglu, PhD
Associate Professor of Engineering
and Natural Sciences
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|Karon Maclean, PhD
Professor of Computer Science
University of British Columbia
One Take on the Design Space of Teaching of and with Haptics
I will suggest a few dimensions of this design space (for example,
Melisa Orta, MS
From the lab to the classroom: How to bring haptics into
A haptic device has the potential to expand and transform the
ways that students experience a variety of concepts by providing
hands-on learning experiences. We will present the evolution of
our Hapkit series of devices in terms of both design and learning
applications. With the Hapkit, our aim is to facilitate online,
engaging, interactive learning environments that couldbe used
both in the classroom as well as in informal learning settings.
Megan Tracey, MSc
Reimagining Biological Cells: Evaluating 3D Learning in a
Ed Colgate, PhD
Raconteur: The Why's of the Workshop
We would like to guide the discussions to cover these broad questions for Haptics in Pedagogy. If you have any refinements or additions please send us an email and we'll include them!
- How should the intended audience and pedagogy influence device and curriculum design?
- What is an appropriate cost for a device, and what are the biggest obstacles to low-cost design?
- How should laboratory exercises complement lecture materials?
- What are the key challenges of content and representation development?
- What factors (such as cost, technology comfort levels, availability, etc) are important to facilitate uptake?
- How should we assess the impact of these devices on learning educational concepts and skills?
|Chad Rose, MS
MAHI Lab: http://mahilab.rice.edu/
cgr2 [at] rice.edu
|Dr. Marcia K. O'Malley, PhD
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director of MAHI Lab: http://mahilab.rice.edu/
omalleym [at] rice.edu
Dr. William Harwin, PhD
|Dr. Faustina Hwang, PhD
Associate Professor of Digital Health
University of Reading
f.hwang [at] reading.ac.uk
|Dr. Ozan Tokatli, PhD
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
University of Reading
o.tokatli [at] reading.ac.uk