Designing a mobile academic peer support system

Conference Paper
Publication Work Type: 
PhD
Conference Name: 
26th Annual BCS Interaction Specialist Group Conference on People and Computers
Conference Location: 
Birmingham, UK
Conference Date: 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Sponsoring Organization: 
BCS
Publication Abstract: 

In this paper, we discuss work in progress into the design of a mobile academic peer support system that enables 11-to-14 year old children to request and provide academic help to each other.  Our proposed system was designed based on background research into the areas of peer learning, child development, help-seeking and academic motivation. Several methods, such as focus groups, interviews and Wizard of Oz, were used during the requirements gathering and initial testing stages. The proposed system is currently under development and will be tested in a study with school-pupils, over an extended period of time, in the next few months.