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LEL Faculty Candidate Seminar

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When: March 19, 2015, 8:30 AM

Location: Researchers' Link, Discovery Building

Contact: 608-316-4483, lel@discovery.wisc.edu

Stories We Live In: Narratives, Embodiment, and Technology

In many ways, narratives represent the meeting point of human cognition and affect. We make use of stories to make sense of, structure and imagine the world. We tell stories informally in play, and we are taught to tell stories formally in the classroom. But stories we tell are not absolute. The affordances of media and technology shape the stories that we create, and in turn, we make up stories about technology. This talk presents a body of work that looks at nurturing creative storytelling in elementary school children through an approach that we call ‘Performative Authoring’. Performative Authoring provides children with the license to imagine by way of a 3D animation system interface grounded in theories of pretend play. The approach of Performative Authoring to support children’s imagination can be extended to fully immersive environments to explore issues of embodied and social cognition.
Within the theme of storytelling, I will also provide an overview of four other research projects that seek to augment various aspects of cognition and affect by translating our understanding of human embodiment to technology design. The projects include 1. the use of narratives in the design of mental stimulation games for older adults, 2. the nurture of children’s self-identity in STEM through storytelling using maker technologies and arts-and-crafts, 3. crafting stories through the use of media familiarity, and 4. making sense of stories across an ecology of information devices.

Sharon Lynn ChuMs. Chu is a lecturer in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University, and is the Associate Director of the TAMU Embodied Interaction Lab (TEILab). She has successfully defended her PhD at Texas A&M in March 2015. Sharon holds a MS in Computer Science & Applications and a graduate certificate in Human-Computer Interaction from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences with First Class Honors in Communication & New Media from the National University of Singapore. She has worked in the Center for Human-Computer Interaction (CHCI) and the Institute of Creativity, Arts and Technology (ICAT) at Virginia Tech, and the Interactive and Digital Media Institute (IDMI) in Singapore. She conducts research on the technology-mediated creative process of children. Her research interests span the areas of embodied interaction, creativity support environments, digital storytelling, game studies, educational technology, materiality and meaning, virtual environments, and ‘maker/physical computing’ technologies for children.

All welcomed to attend. Please RSVP to lel@discovery.wisc.edu by 3/17 if you do not have building access.