Adjacent Display of Relevant Discussion Helps Resolve Confusion


Discussion fora of instructional videos contain previously-discussed questions and answers. These video comments can resolve many points of confusion for learners. However, finding relevant content in a separated discussion forum is challenging and disruptive to learning flow. This paper introduces Adjacent Display of Relevant Discussion (ADRD). It displays threaded comments in a panel adjacent to the video and dynamically updates the content of the panel based on the time of the video. In a between-subjects lab study (n=20), ADRD helped participants resolve confusion points, skim and read comments, and encouraged video interaction.

Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, CSCW (2021)
Matin Yarmand
Matin Yarmand
Ph.D. Student