I want to submit an abstract to 4S related to other work I do, and I stumbled on a call for abstracts that I am trying to fit my work in the OILS Learning Lab into:
64. Craft as Practises of Knowledge Making
I love it, but I find it a bit jargon-laden for my taste. I have been working on a lab lexicon that aims to give everyone in the room ownership of the research constructs in play. I want the work to be smart, open and accessible, not sound smart and be closed because it is inaccessible.
And so I am trying to place my ideas in a voice that will sound academic yet accessible.
I want to talk about how our data collection tools (ourselves, various recording devices) support investigation into and reflection on creative process, and how these could be a means to share or further remix. So far, I have recorded myself gluing muppet fur to LEGO blocks, and an initial e-textiles experiment with eye-tracking.
The biggest take-aways from eye tracking so far are (1) plug in your computer as I used half my battery in less than 20 minutes; (2) have some external storage handy, as 18 minutes of eye-tracking gave me over 6 GB of data, and (3) I am not a touch typist.
Ok, so I already knew that last one. In school, I refused to take keyboarding/typing because it was advertised as a guaranteed job...as a secretary. I was NOT going to be a secretary, so I simply refused to learn.
Still, I see a lot of potential in these recording tools, from a head-mounted GoPro to the eye tracking systems, to reveal more about our processes, our attentions. I felt a heightened sense of awareness while wearing the eye tracking in particular. I have spent a lot of time in front of cameras as part of data collection, and as a result, they melt into the background for me. But this was different.
For example, I decided to search online for sample code to explore Lilypad Arduino. So I typed in "Lilipad Arduino code." And I got several results of COUPON codes. Yay! And then I looked away quickly, not wanting the cameras to record my off-task behavior.
It remains to be seen if the eye tracking leads us somewhere with analyzing point of view that the GoPros cannot. In their favor, eye tracking is way more comfortable to wear if you are just sitting at a table!