• Researchers at Penn State Conduct a Program to Test the Apple Watch as a Learning Tool



    The staff at Penn State University is reportedly going to conduct a research program that is set to explore the effect that wearables, such as the Apple Watch, have on human behavior. One of the main focuses of the program will be to turn to the device into a learning tool. The manager of advanced learning projects at Penn Stateís Teaching and Learning with Technology Program, Ben Brautigam, told Government Technology that plans are currently in place to run several experiments that will look to the Apple Watch to help boost student achievement, especially in regards to self-regulated studying. Brautigam had the following to say regarding the matter:

    The thing with wearables is that these are highly personal devices, even more personal than your smartphone. We can take this customized point of view to provide recommendations to students to enrich certain aspects of their learning.
    The associate professor of educational psychology at Penn State, Rayne Sperling, who is spearheading research in cooperation with TLT, is working on describing how to integrate the Apple Watch into the study. Currently on the list of potential implementations are study reminders and personal trackers alongside interactive content for generating user success metrics. Sperling had the following to say regarding the matter:

    One way that prompts can support students' awareness of their own learning is through modeling the types of questions students should ask themselves. Further, our scaffolds can prompt awareness of whether [the student] understands content and will also provide strategy suggestions.
    The fact that the Apple Watch is strapped to a userís wrist and connected to an iPhone, the device is an ideal candidate for receiving said scaffolds and providing instant feedback to research prompts. As of right now, an exact user interface hasnít been designed but Brautigam mentioned that yes/no buttons, sliders and even voice messages are alternatives should all else fail.

    Depending on the results of the study, which will end up comparing the Apple Watch to other technology platforms, it is possible that wearables could also become a staple in self-guided learning. Brautigam had the following to say regarding the matter:

    If it does become prevalent, I think we'll have a leg up here because we've been sort of investing in this and exploring this since the inception.
    How do you feel about the concept? Do you think itíll work out? Share your thoughts and comments below!

    Source: Government Technology
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