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Title:Using web-based authoring tools to overcome the third barrier to classroom technological integration: design thinking
Author(s):Tamayo, David
Advisor(s):Lindgren, Robb
Contributor(s):D'Angelo, Cynthia; Tissenbaum, Michael
Department / Program:Curriculum and Instruction
Discipline:Curriculum and Instruction
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Design Thinking
Technological Integration
Authoring Tools
Emerging Technology
Curriculum Development
Instructor Partnership
Classroom Implementation
Case Study
Abstract:To meet the demand for technologically integrated classrooms, it takes more than simply solving for access to technology and convincing teachers of their use. The literature presents design thinking as an additional barrier to this goal. Although the emphasis has gone towards training instructors to attain technological knowledge, there are several limitations to such an approach. In this study, a process of co-design was evaluated as a strategy to develop design thinking on integrating new web technologies into the classroom. By recognizing separate knowledge domains, collaboration, and iterative cycles, the process was identified as the Instructor-Developer Design Process (IDDP). Instructors participated in working with developers to extend the design of features for a web-based authoring environment that uses WebXR technology to provide cross-platform accessibility, run-time network syncing, custom asset imports, and user interactions. With an explanatory case study that involved interviewing two instructors that implemented lessons using the platform, the purpose was to investigate how those characteristics that make up design thinking were shaped by the process. Even though there are limitations due to having a small sample size, this study supported our research hypothesis that going through the IDDP led to more design thinking on the integration of web tech into the classroom. It also recognized the potential obstacles in this process such as the translation of ideas to developers and emphasized collaborative prototype testing as an essential activity for the process.
Issue Date:2021-04-27
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 David Tamayo
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-09-17
Date Deposited:2021-05

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