Spatial Reasoning Platform
Due to the importance of visuospatial skill in the field of STEM education, researchers and instructors have put a lot of effort into evaluating and training engineering students’ visuospatial skills. We have designed and evaluated an online platform to provide a low-cost, scalable solution to effectively evaluate and train visuospatial skills, as well as increase students' motivation of continue studying in STEM programs. In addition, the online platform can facilitate the analysis of behavioral and error patterns, which can lead to design of intelligent features that improve learning through the use of adaptive and individualized learning modules.
August 2016 - present
I worked on the Spatial Reasoning Platform project as a designer & developer and research assistant for the Cascade Lab, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I was responsible for the visual design, front-end development, user exeprience research as well as curriculm design for the project. Being the only designer in the team, I created sets of graphics, workshop materials and developed review & feedback modules. In summer 2017, I revamped the platform based on previous users' data and feedback.
Ziang Xiao: back end, data analysis
Lei (Ryan) Zhang: sketching tool development in Unity
For a complete list of faculty members, previous graduate students and research assistants working on the project, please visit Cascade Lab.
The traditional approach of training visuospatial skill is paper-based exercises and face-to-face visuospatial training workshops, which are costly and timeconsuming, especially for large classes. Therefore, We proposed an online platform as a low-cost and scalable solution to evaluate and train engineering students' visuospatial ability.
Our online platform is designed to offer a comprehensive assessment and training of visuospatial skills using a set of well-tested multiple choice and free-hand sketching questions. Currently, the platform has seven weeks of exercises.
Home page of the platform shows weekly exercises. Each week a new module would be unlocked.
Each week a new module would be unlocked.
1) Surfaces and Solids of Revolution
2) Combining Solid Objects
3) Isometric Drawings & Coded Plans
5) Flat Patterns
6) Inclined and Curved Surfaces
7) Object Reflections and Symmetry & Rotation of Objects About a Single Axis or Multiple Axes.
Feedback Module: students can see their incorrect answers along with the correct answer for each question
Sketch: students do isometric or orthographic drawings in the sketching app embedded to the platform
Xiao, Z., Yao, Y., Yen, C.H., Dey, S., Wauck, H., Leake, J. M., Wolters, A., Woodard, B. S., Fu, W.-T. (2017)
A scalable online platform for evaluating and training visuospatial skills of engineering students. In Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the American Society of Engineering Education, Columbus, Ohio.