Tangible lighting proxies: brokering the transition from classroom to stage

Rebecca Nicholson, David Kirk, Tom Bartindale

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Supporting Practice-based vocational skills development in the classroom can be logistically challenging, however tangible interfaces present natural affordances for supporting such skill development. In the context of teaching stage lighting specifically, we present an open source toolkit based around tangible hardware proxies to support the teaching of practice-based skills. Our tangible proxies embody key configuration, interaction and optical properties of real stage equipment. Drawing on notions of representation and bi-directional digital-to-physical transformation, we design a toolkit that specifically supports a gradual transition between virtual, simulated and real equipment during the learning journey, and open the door to embedding stage craft into schools. Through reporting on deployments in two schools, we discuss the affordances of such proxies and their potential for supporting the teaching and learning of practice-based skills in the classroom.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTEI'21 - Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
EditorsKatrin Wolf, Ian Oakley
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781450382137
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventTangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction 2021 - Online, Salzburg, Austria
Duration: 14 Feb 202119 Feb 2021
Conference number: 15th
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3430524 (Proceedings)


ConferenceTangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction 2021
Abbreviated titleTEI 2021
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  • Hardware Proxies
  • Practice-based skills
  • Stage lighting
  • Tangible
  • TUI

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