Field Experiments in a Classroom

December 2015 - December 2016


Advisors/Collaborators: Betsy Disalvo, Neha Kumar

Notes:
  1. Naveena Karusala & Aditya Vishwanath, et al. 2017. "Care as a Resource in Underserved Learning Environments." Proc ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 1, 2, Article 104. (November 2017).
  2. [Paper Under Review.] Marisol Villacres, Arkadeep Kumar, Aditya Vishwanath, Naveena Karusala, Betsy Disalvo, and Neha Kumar. "Intersectionally Speaking." Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA.
  3. Vishwanath et al. "Online Learning Across Diverse Low-Resource Indian Contexts." Workshop Paper in Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (HCI Across Borders Workshop.)
  4. Learning from Learning Summer 2016 Blog.

I led a study where we conducted an ethnographic inquiry of technology-based learning at an after-school learning center in Mumbai (India) that caters to students from neighboring slum communities. We conducted participant observation for 120 hours and 58 semi-structured interviews with different stakeholders (including teachers, staff, parents, and students) at the center over nine weeks. Taking an assets-based approach in an underserved context, we uncover the role of care as a resource and present the rich and varied caring behaviors enacted in this sociotechnical system. Examining the role of aligning values in motivating caring behavior, we conclude with recommendations for supporting, leveraging, and extending care via technology design in an underserved, technology-enhanced learning environment.

As part of this study, I also designed Cur8, a design probe and mobile platform that included a suite of tools for educators to collate, organize, create, and share lesson plans.

Tasks Performed:
  1. Android and video platform design
  2. Making and design of a makerspace
  3. Curriculum design
  4. User and observation studies
  5. Engaging with Care theory