"Social Rules for Going to School on a Robot"

Robots in Groups and Teams Workshop, “Social Rules for Going to School on a Robot”
Presented by PhD Student Veronica Newhart and Judith Olson (Informatics)

Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (CSCW) 20th Annual Conference
February 25 - March 1, 2017
Portland, Oregon


This paper suggests guidelines of social behavior for students using robots to interact with their classmates in group settings. The guidelines allow for the establishment of some common expectations for both the remote student and classmates. It is important to have clear expectations for robot behavior in the classroom in order for the social dynamics of the classroom to be productive. When remote students and their groups (i.e., classmates) all have a clear understanding of the technology and expected robot behavior, they may experience improved group dynamics and performance. In addition, if technological difficulties occur, they may be able to engage in group-led problem solving to both adapt the current technology and advocate for improved design of future technologies to meet their needs.