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The Effect of Prolonged Exposure to Online Education on a Classroom Search Companion

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Experimental IR Meets Multilinguality, Multimodality, and Interaction (CLEF 2022)

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Exposure to technology impacts children’s perception and conceptualisation of the way devices they regularly use work. This prompts us to study if almost two years of online teaching, enabled by a broad range of technologies, have influenced the way children imagine a search companion would look and behave when helping them perform school-related search tasks. We conducted a 2-stage study during which children ages 9 to 11 drew and described their imaginary search companion; they also chose a few desirable and non-necessary traits. By following the protocol of a study conducted pre-pandemic, we contextualise salient altered expectations that we attribute to exposure to technology prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We highlight and discuss emerging trends observed from the analysis of data gathered before and after the extensive online experience and how these will guide the design of functionality of a search companion for the classroom.

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    From here on, whenever we say children we mean children aged 9 to 11.

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Aliannejadi, M., Huibers, T., Landoni, M., Murgia, E., Pera, M.S. (2022). The Effect of Prolonged Exposure to Online Education on a Classroom Search Companion. In: Barrón-Cedeño, A., et al. Experimental IR Meets Multilinguality, Multimodality, and Interaction. CLEF 2022. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 13390. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-13643-6_5

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