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Immersive Media Environments for Special Education: Developing Agency in Communication for Youth with Autism


Abstract This dissertation describes the development of a state-of-the-art immersive media environment and its potential to motivate high school youth with autism to vocally express themselves. Due to the limited availability of media environments in public education settings, studies on the use of such systems in special education contexts are rare. A study called Sea of Signs utilized the Situated Multimodal Art Learning Lab (SMALLab), to present a custom-designed conversational scenario for pairs of youth with autism. Heuristics for building the scenario were developed following a 4-year design-based research approach that fosters social interaction, communication, and self-expression through embodied design. Sea of Signs implemented these heuris... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Tolentino, Lisa Minerva (Author) / Paine, Garth (Advisor) / Kozleski, Elizabeth (Advisor) / Kelliher, Aisling (Committee member) / Megowan-Romanowicz, Colleen (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Educational technology / Special education / Instructional design / autism / embodied learning / experiential media system / immersive media environment / interaction design / voice
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 191 pages
Language English
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Note Ph.D. Media Arts and Sciences 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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