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The Effect of Person and Thing Orientation on the Experience of Haptics

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Computers in Education Division Technical Session 8: Modulus Topics

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Ida B. Ngambeki Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Dr. Ida Ngambeki is an Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Technology at Purdue University. Dr. Ngambeki graduated from Smith College with a B.S. in Engineering and from Purdue University with a PhD in Engineering Education. Dr. Ngambeki’s research is focused on the intersection of human behavior and computing, specifically how educational and policy interventions can be used to improve human interactions with technology. Dr. Ngambeki’s key areas of research interest include: STEM Education, Cybersecurity Education, Cybersecurity Policy, Social Engineering, Information Technology Ethics, and Cybersecurity Workforce Development.

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Alejandra J. Magana Purdue University, West Lafayette Orcid 16x16

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Alejandra Magana is a Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Technology and an affiliated faculty at the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University. She holds a B.E. in Information Systems, a M.S. in Technology, both from Tec de Monterrey; and a M.S. in Educational Technology and a Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University. Her research is focused on identifying how model-based cognition in STEM can be better supported by means of expert technological and computing tools such as cyber-physical systems,visualizations and modeling and simulation tools.

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Recent advances in the teaching and learning of science and engineering have demonstrated the effectiveness of learning by doing. One of the teaching and learning technologies currently being considered for more widespread adoption to support learning by doing are haptic technologies. These are technologies that allow the learner to experience both kinesthetic and tactile sensations by providing force feedback. A handful of studies have shown that these technologies may support learning by allowing students to physically engage with a range of phenomena. Several studies have also shown that induvial learners experience and translate haptic feedback differently. However, very few studies have examined the individual differences within learners which may influence their experience of the haptic technologies. This study examines the effects of selected individual differences on the experience of haptic feedback. Haptic devices can be classified as highly mechanistic, technically objects. As such it is reasonable to assume that individual differences related to objects and their manipulation may have an effect on the perception, translation, and information processing resulting from haptic feedback. This study selected spatial perception, mental rotation, special visualization, mechanical aptitude and thing orientation as individual differences that may affect the use of haptics. In this study, thirty students with no prior experience using haptic technologies completed simple instruments measuring their ability to perceive spatial relationships, their ability to rotate objects in space, their ability to mentally visualize the appearance and motion of objects, their ability to understand and manipulate machines and tools, and their differential orientation to objects in their environment. The students were then introduced to haptic devices and asked to report on the size of forces they experienced, the ease of use of the devices, and their engagement with the experience. They were then asked to complete a simple simulation using the haptic devices and answer questions to test their ability to connect abstract concepts and haptic feedback. We found that manipulation related individual differences had an effect on students’ experience of haptic feedback.

Ngambeki, I. B., & Magana, A. J. (2020, June), The Effect of Person and Thing Orientation on the Experience of Haptics Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35308

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