Tatiana will provide support for researchers who want
to analyze user's actions and interactions. The twofold orientation
of the tool - teachers/students and researchers as users - should
increase the success of the LEAD system.
The users of the trace-analysis tool are researchers and educationalists.
It's quite a new kind of tool, which makes it difficult to ask
users "what do you want?". Some partners learned from
previous projects (as SCALE or DUNE) that it is hard to specify
in advance the full-range of requirements. Additional requirements
emerge when researchers and teachers use the tool.
Moreover, the face to face situation of the experiments that will be carried out implies that, in addition to the DSS (Coffee) traces, video and/or audio recording will be performed. So the analysis tool not only needs to manage the computer mediated interactions performed through the Discussion tool but will have to synchronize these electronic traces with the transcriptions of the video/audio records. It has not yet been decided if all the transcriptions will be done with the same tool.
Tatiana: Trace Analysis Tool for Interactions ANAlysts. This is the tool developed for the Lead Project, but it will also handle traces from different discussion tools (Coffee, Drew, DrewLite, Digalo, etc).
DrewLite is a simplified version of this tool running on a LAN with a less elaborate environment for managing sessions and traces. A simple trace viewer and converter comes also with DrewLite.