90. creating scientists with online learning

Department: Computer Science & Engineering
Research Institute Affiliation: California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)
Faculty Advisor(s): Scott R. Klemmer

Primary Student
Name: Vineet Pandey
Email: vipandey@ucsd.edu
Phone: 858-366-5701
Grad Year: 2018

Student Collaborators
Chen Yang, chy099@ucsd.edu

Abstract
Learners worldwide collectively spend millions of hours per week testing their skills on assignments with known answers. Might some of this time fruitfully be spent posing and exploring novel questions? This paper investigates an approach for learners to contribute scientific ideas. The Gut Instinct system embodies this approach, hosting online learning materials and invites learners to collaboratively brainstorm potential influences on people?s microbiome. A between-subjects experiment compared the performance of participants who engaged in just learning, just contributing, or a combination. Participants in the learning condition scored highest on a summative test. Participants in both the contribution and combined conditions generated novel, useful questions; there was not a significant difference between the two. Though participants in the combined condition both learned and contributed, this setting did not exhibit an additive benefit, such as better learning in the combined condition. These results highlight the promise and difficulty of double-bottom-line learning experiences.

Industry Application Area(s)
Internet, Networking, Systems | Learning

Related Links:

  1. gutinstinct.ucsd.edu/info/
  2. vineetp13.github.io/publications/CHI2017-GutInstinct.pdf

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