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GenPlay

Master thesis research project (2016-2017) | Interaction Design – UX – Visual Design | Full-Body Interaction Lab at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.

With the advent of the digitalization of the educational system in the 21st century, many initiatives are being pursued to implement technological learning environments in school contexts. Our research focuses in the education of inclusion, supporting the integration of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in general educational programmes.

This research presents the case of a full-body interaction system in open-ended play. The project favors social initiation in the classroom environment through playful interaction. Methods for study include the following considerations: (a) user research including stakeholder interviews and user sessions with the children, (b) prototype design, development and testing, and (c) analysis of the collaborative behaviors of the children.

Our work contributes to the understanding of the emerging behaviors of children with autism in open-ended experiences, proposing a taxonomy of collaboration and insights for the design of future full-body interaction systems based on open-ended play.