Supporting Computer Science Student Reading through Multimodal Engagement Interfaces

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Abstract

While many computer science (CS) curricula are increasingly addressing a demand for more communicative and ethical graduates, reports of CS student difficulties with nontechnical subjects, such as Professional Ethics, persist. These seem compounded for students learning through a second or foreign language. This paper explores the impact that multimodal engagement interfaces can have on content comprehension. 30 participants of varying English language ability were asked to engage with four unrelated articles under four different conditions: baseline reading (C1); guided reading (sentence-by-sentence) (C2); audio/listening only (C3); and concurrent (multi-modal) presentation of C2 C3 (C4). After each engagement, participants were asked to complete a comprehension test on the material that they had just encountered. A subjective survey evaluating the 'comfort' and 'engagement quality' of each interface was also completed after each interaction. Our results paint a complex picture with the guided reading interface (C2) producing both the best performance, and the poorest subjective evaluation from participants. This result aligns with existing findings identified in the field of reading education. The results highlight how varying language levels in participants impact subjective and performance metrics, suggesting how future interfaces may better support readers, according to their language ability or intended outcomes of reading.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTALE 2019 - 2019 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Education
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728126654
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019
Event2019 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Education, TALE 2019 - Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 8 Apr 201911 Apr 2019

Publication series

NameTALE 2019 - 2019 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Education

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Education, TALE 2019
Country/TerritoryIndonesia
CityYogyakarta
Period8/04/1911/04/19

Keywords

  • L2 readers
  • Simultaneous listening and reading
  • article comprehension
  • listening comprehension
  • multi-modal interfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Media Technology
  • Education

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