Immersive Gaze Sharing for Enhancing Communication in Design Education: an Initial User Study in the Context of Architectural Design Critiques

DS 122: Proceedings of the Design Society: 24th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED23)

Year: 2023
Editor: Kevin Otto, Boris Eisenbart, Claudia Eckert, Benoit Eynard, Dieter Krause, Josef Oehmen, Nad
Author: Kahlon, Yuval (1); Maurya, Santosh (2); Fujii, Haruyuki (1)
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: Tokyo Institute of Technology; 2: Hitachi Ltd.
Section: Design Methods
Page(s): 2215-2224
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Gaze sharing is an emerging technology which can enhance human communication and collaboration. As such, it is expected to play an important role in future educational practices. To date, its application was not explored in the context of design education. Additionally, it was mainly implemented in non-immersive environments, which are limited in their potential for engaging learners. Acknowledging the growing interest in immersive learning, as well as the promise made by gaze sharing technology, we strive to develop an immersive gaze sharing environment, to support design education. As a first step, we have implemented and tested an immersive gaze sharing system for supporting design learners. The system was then tested by focusing on a scenario of architectural design, with the aim of collecting valuable user feedback regarding its usability and potential. Our initial user study informs developers of such systems regarding potential issues that may be encountered during deployment in a real-world setting and proposes concrete ways to address these. These insights can help to pave the way for integrating gaze sharing system into design education practices in the near future.

Keywords: Design education, Communication, Gaze sharing, Immersive learning, Computer Aided Design (CAD)

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