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2019

Tele-Media-Art

Authors
Dias, JR; Penha, R; Morgado, L; da Veiga, PA; Carvalho, ES; Fernandes Marcos, A;

Publication
International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction

Abstract
Tele-media-art is a web-based asynchronous e-learning platform, enabling blind students to have dance and theatre classes remotely, using low-cost motion tracking technology feasible for home use. Teachers and students submit dance recordings augmented with sound synthesis of their motions. Sound synthesis is generated by processing Kinect motion capture data, enabling blind students to compare the audio feedback of their motions with the audio generated by the teacher's motions. To study the feasibility of this approach, the authors present data on early testing of the prototype, performed with blindfolded users.

2019

Virtual tutor: A case of study in University Aberta

Authors
Carvalho, E; Marcos, A;

Publication
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Abstract
The project VIRTUAL TUTORING – the virtual tutor as learning mediating artifact in online university education, is an ongoing project, with the main goal of analyzing the pedagogic impact of an anthropomorphic user interface on a typical distance learning environment targeted to support online higher education. It implies the development of 3D rigged avatars that should perform typical online tutor activities. The virtual tutor should mimic a human tutor, being a kind of emphatic interface between the student and the course module in Moodle. But more than this, the virtual tutor should give support in the learning process of the student, working as much as a guide inside the contents offered by the e-learning course. This paper gives an overview of the project present development status. © Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019.

2019

Tele-Media-Art: Feasibility Tests of Web-Based Dance Education for the Blind Using Kinect and Sound Synthesis of Motion

Authors
Dias, JR; Penha, R; Morgado, L; da Veiga, PA; Carvalho, ES; Fernandes Marcos, A;

Publication
IJTHI

Abstract
Tele-media-art is a web-based asynchronous e-learning platform, enabling blind students to have dance and theatre classes remotely, using low-cost motion tracking technology feasible for home use. Teachers and students submit dance recordings augmented with sound synthesis of their motions. Sound synthesis is generated by processing Kinect motion capture data, enabling blind students to compare the audio feedback of their motions with the audio generated by the teacher's motions. To study the feasibility of this approach, the authors present data on early testing of the prototype, performed with blindfolded users. Copyright © 2019, IGI Global.

2019

Ensinar programação em ambientes e-learning: preocupações e propostas no âmbito do modelo pedagógico virtual da Universidade Aberta de Portugal

Authors
Mucheroni, ML; Carvalho, ES; Marcos, AF;

Publication
Revista Espaço Pedagógico

Abstract
O ensino e aprendizagem da programação de computadores em ambiente e-learning constitui uma área que tem vindo a atrair um interesse crescente tanto por parte das universidades de ensino em rede como pelos investigadores do e-learning. Aprender a programar computadores requer o desenvolvimento de raciocínio lógico da parte do estudante, enquanto aprende a dominar as potencialidades de uma determinada linguagem de programação, a construir estruturas de dados e a desenvolver uma estratégia de resolução de problemas pela sua divisão e modularização em problemas mais simples de mais fácil conquista. Adicionalmente importa que o estudante desenvolva competências de trabalho em grupo, de estudo individual com elevados níveis de concentração para realizar trabalho de revisão e depuração de código fonte. O ensino on-line de programação de computadores é constituído por estes aspetos, exigindo um elevado grau de interação entre estudantes e destes com o professor. Neste artigo, apresentamos um conjunto de reflexões e propostas concretas de estratégias de implementação do ensino e aprendizagem da programação de computadores, de nível universitário, explorando o método de “design” de instruções como uma abordagem do diálogo, uma adaptação da taxonomia de Bloom, com base na experiência e no modelo pedagógico virtual da Universidade Aberta de Portugal.

2018

Tele-media-art - Web-based Inclusive Teaching of Body Expression

Authors
Carvalho, ES; Marcos, AF;

Publication
17th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training, ITHET 2018, Olhao, Portugal, April 26-28, 2018

Abstract
The Tele-Media-Art project aims to promote the improvement of the online distance learning and artistic teaching process applied in the teaching of two test scenarios, doctorate in digital art-media and the lifelong learning course 'the experience of diversity' by exploiting multimodal telepresence facilities encompassing the diversified visual, auditory and sensory channels, as well as rich forms of gestural/body interaction. To this end, a telepresence system was developed to be installed at Palácio Ceia, in Lisbon, Portugal, headquarters of the Portuguese Open University, from which methodologies of artistic teaching in mixed regime-face-to-face and online distance-that are inclusive to blind and partially sighted students. This system has already been tested against a group of subjects, including blind people. Although positive results were achieved, more development and further tests will be carried in the future. © 2018 IEEE.