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Designing a Mobile Academic Peer Support System

HCI2012 - People & Computers XXVI

Proceedings of HCI 2012
The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction

Birmingham, UK, 12 - 14 September 2012


Balsam AlSugair, Gail Hopkins, Elizabeth FitzGerald & Tim Brailsford


In this paper, we discuss work in progress into the design of a mobile academic peer support system that enables 11-to-14 year old children to request and provide academic help to each other. Our proposed system was designed based on background research into the areas of peer learning, child development, help-seeking and academic motivation. Several methods, such as focus groups, interviews and Wizard of Oz, were used during the requirements gathering and initial testing stages. The proposed system is currently under development and will be tested in a study with school-pupils, over an extended period of time, in the next few months.


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