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An Activity Monitoring System to Support Classroom Research Hangjin Zhang, Kevin Almeroth Monica Bulger
 

Summary: An Activity Monitoring System to Support Classroom Research
Hangjin Zhang, Kevin Almeroth Monica Bulger
Department of Computer Science Department of Education
University of California University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106 Santa Barbara, CA 93106
{hangjin, almeroth}@cs.ucsb.edu mbulger@education.ucsb.edu
Abstract: More effort has focused on integrating instructional technologies into classrooms
than has focused on assessing the impact of these technologies on teaching and learning
performance. To evaluate whether computer technology is beneficial to the teaching and
learning process requires that we first develop a system to understand what students in a
classroom do when there are computers in front of them. We identify the requirements for such
a system and then describe a prototype system that uses off-the-shelf spyware as its main
component. We report findings from a pilot study we conducted in a computer-equipped
composition classroom. Our results show that while the monitoring system captured the
necessary data, the use of an off-the-shelf tool did not completely satisfy all of our system
requirements. Additional customization work on keystroke recording and password protection is
necessary to effectively monitor real-time student in-class activities.
1. Introduction
Classrooms equipped with computers and Internet access are becoming increasingly common. Smartboards,
Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), and networked computers are being used in lecture presentations [5], for note

  

Source: Almeroth, Kevin C. - Department of Computer Science, University of California at Santa Barbara

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences