Interaction Design. Learning Experience Design.
When only one person is consistently raising their hand in class, why isn't anyone else talking? Are they shy, or did they not read the material? Is that kid a teacher's pet? I have always been extremely intrigued and perplexed by classroom dynamics, and how they can effect how we learn. Introversion/extroversion is a vastly misunderstood topic, yet it has such a large impact on the classroom dynamic, interpersonal relationships, and individual learning.
I’m seeking to teach other students about the introversion/extroversion spectrum — from their roots in brain chemistry, to their common manifestations in behavior, to a plan for how to utilize these personal traits to their advantage in their education. If students had a better understanding of themselves and those around them, they would be able to better cultivate the soft skills required to reach personal success in the classroom and beyond. In our personality-driven culture where the extrovert is the ideal, knowing how to leverage your strengths is an important skill in reaching personal success.
A series of engaging learning experiences teaching about the science, behavior and social implications connected to introversion and extroversion, combined with a platform to create strategies that will advantage of their personal traits in order to maximize personal learning and classroom engagement.
This takes the form of a web application meant to be part of a class orientation kit, so that students as a community may be better prepared to change the classroom dynamic.
Check out my full process blog here.
I went through several rounds of sticky-noting and whiteboard drawings as my learning cycle continued to evolve. In using different diagrams, l was able to
A series of readings on a range of topics from motivation to memory and learning techniques informed my decisions about how best to teach about introversion and extroversion. Since there are many misconceptions surrounding introversion, I needed to pay particular attention to stereotypes and prior knowledge in order to ensure that I was taken an unbiased approach that was neither accusatory or dictatorial.
Much of the existing landscape on introversion+extroversion tends to be either very scientific, or extremely friendly and personable. It also tends to be aimed toward introversion, since that is the most misunderstood. I wanted to go for something in between — that could act as a reliable source of accurate information, as well as promote empathy.
I looked into very neutral colors in order to go with my theme of staying as neutral as possible on this topic — to avoid strong colors that promote any strong biases I’m trying to stay away from. It was important to me to maintain a fairly neutral voice so that I can let people come to their own conclusions and not feel like I’m trying to persuade them.
I played around with different visual ways of showing brain activity in a way to better increase empathy for those with different minds from you. I wanted to find a way to explain information in a way that debunks stereotypes and evokes some sort of stronger emotion. This could potentially be done with color, pattern, or graphics/interaction.
What: Video case study explaining the history the culture of personality
Why: Social context and relevance; attention grabbing story
What: Fill- in- the- blanks reflection
Why: Encourage personal reflection on the content, create personal relevance for deeper engagement, prime the learner for the next activity
What: Exploratory visual activity explaining the differences in neurochemistry across people
Why: Blockbust stereotypes, visualize hidden processes, creates scaffolding for next activities
What: Visual balancing test to explain the effects of outside stimuli on the brain
Why: create self awareness
What: Visual Quiz
Why: Encourage personal reflection on the content, prime the learner for the next activity
What: Video case study explaining differences in cultural norms and ideals
Why: Debunk stereotypes, attention grabbing story
What: Uncover stereotypes, pros, and cons of certain behaviors and thought processes in the classroom. Under the guise of mystery, uncover and decode environmental biases that cater toward one personality trait or the other in the classroom. Use visuals such as the size of the class, grouping of the desks, the format/medium of the instructions, timing, topic, etc. to explore how environments effect student behavior.
Why: Utilize prior knowledge to solidify learning, conscious processing
What: Brainstorm with others to create attainable goals for participation and collaboration, and create scaffolding to attain those goals
Why: Put learning into practice, and create substantial change to each individual in the classroom. By personalizing the strategy for each person, the goal is to avoid forcibly trying to change someone's personality.