MotivateMe!: An Alexa skill to support Higher Education students with Autism

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Abstract / Description of output

The rate of successful completion of studies for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Higher Education (HE) is only 40%, which is lower than that for many other students with disabilities. This is caused by a series of challenges encountered by this population in HE. This paper reports on research studies which identified the top challenges faced by HE students with ASD and explored how a Skill (a custom application) for Amazon Alexa Echo Show (AAES) can be designed to support them in overcoming these challenges. A Skill named MotivateMe! was implemented in two iterations for the AAES. During the evaluation study of MotivateMe!, the Skill was perceived by students and experts as being appropriate for students with ASD to deal with distractions and to motivate them to study (which were identified as being the top challenges).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conferences on Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction 2020 and Game and Entertainment Technologies 2020
EditorsKatherine Blashki
PublisherInternal Association for Development of the Information Society
Pages187-191
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-989-8704-20-7
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jul 2020
Event14th International Conference on Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction - Online conference, Zagreb, Croatia
Duration: 23 Jul 202025 Jul 2020
https://www.ihci-conf.org/

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleIHCI 2020
Country/TerritoryCroatia
CityZagreb
Period23/07/2025/07/20
Internet address

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Higher Education
  • Intelligent Virtual Assistants
  • Autism
  • User-Centred Design

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