Title

Co-Design of an Orchestration Tool: Supporting Engineering Teaching Assistants as they Facilitate Collaborative Learning.

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Interaction Design and Architecture(s)

Volume

42

Publisher

Interaction Design and Architecture(s)

Publication Date

9-1-2019

First Page

111

Last Page

130

Abstract

This paper describes a design-based implementation research (DBIR) project, focused on the co-design and implementation of an orchestration tool for teaching assistants (TAs) in required engineering classes. Building on our collaboration with the engineering department, we identified a need for a tool that provides insight into groups to help TAs intervene in realtime. This paper presents two phases of our iterative co-design process. The first phase includes the initial design of the tool from design workshops with TAs. The second phase focuses on a 16-week implementation of the orchestration tool and reports on interviews with TAs to understand how they used the tool. Findings indicate that the impact of the tool varies and that the uptake of the tool differs by TA. Finally, we reflect on the co-design process and discuss future directions for the creation of this technology.

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