Keywords

Distance learning, collaborative learning, creativity pedagogy

Abstract

This thesis explored the application of Media Synchronicity Theory and its potential for translating Critical Pedagogy (specifically Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed) into a computersupported collaborative work (CSCW) environment. It introduces the Maquina dos Oprimidos (Mados) prototype, a CSCW supplement to traditional asynchronous learning networks. Mados operates as a role-playing debate game, in which students debate a pre-selected prompt while performing assigned character roles. The study explores the prototype’s potential to affect student’s identification with their assigned character and personal attitude toward the prompt, as well as examining the effect of presence on students’ performances. The study was performed with 38 8th grade students. Subjects debated a prompt which proposed a banning cell phones from classrooms. Results show that subjects collaboratively constructed solutions that compromised between both positions, while slightly favoring the antiban position. Results also show that subjects experienced gains in character identification after participating in the task regardless of assigned character, hinting at a separation between perceived similarity to characters and affinity for characters’ position. The ability of subjects to defend their assigned character’s position while inhabiting their own perspective, that of an 8th grade student, also hints at this separation. Additionally, results indicated correlations between subjects’ control factors, a subset measure for presence, and total change in prompt agreement. Other positive correlation exist between subject’s reprocessing attempts and task performance, as well as total presence and task performance

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Graduation Date

2013

Semester

Summer

Advisor

Kim, Si Jung

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

College

College of Arts and Humanities

Department

Visual Arts and Design

Degree Program

Emerging Media; Digital Media

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0004939

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0004939

Language

English

Release Date

August 2013

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Subjects

Arts and Humanities -- Dissertations, Academic, Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Humanities

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