Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been very effective at bringing attention to technology and learning. But, their focus on remote, asynchronous situations leaves a gap for the co-present, synchronous settings of most university classrooms. This paper investigates the use of technology IN classrooms to better support active student engagement. By harnessing student effort with a human computation model, we provide a tool called XParty that supports a pedagogically useful activity that simultaneously engages the entire class and gives students and the instructor alike feedback about what students are thinking.
The HCIL has a long, rich history of transforming the experience people have with new technologies. From understanding user needs, to developing and evaluating these technologies, the lab's faculty, staff, and students have been leading the way in HCI research and teaching.