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Study of Effectiveness of Prior Knowledge for Smart Home Kit Installation

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The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99163, USA
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Department of Computing Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3, Canada
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Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, Edmonton, AB T5J 3B1, Canada
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Sensors 2020, 20(21), 6145; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20216145
Received: 30 September 2020 / Revised: 22 October 2020 / Accepted: 27 October 2020 / Published: 29 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Internet of Things for Smart Homes II)
Smart-Home in a Box (SHiB) is a ubiquitous system that intends to improve older adults’ life quality. SHiB requires self-installation before use. Our previous study found that it is not easy for seniors to install SHiB correctly. SHiB CBLE is a computer-based learning environment that is designed to help individuals install a SHiB kit. This article presents an experiment examining how smart home sensor installation was affected by knowledge gained from two methods, SHiB CBLE, and a written document. Results show that participants who were trained by the CBLE took significantly (p<0.05) less time in the installation session than those in the control group. The accuracy rate of SHiB kit installation is 78% for the group trained by the CBLE and 77% for the control group. Participants trained by the CBLE showed significantly (p<0.01) higher confidence in the actual installation than those in the control group. These results suggest that having a training before the actual installation will help installers avoid unnecessary work, shorten the installation time, and increase installers’ confidence. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart home kit installation; prior knowledge; online tutoring system smart home kit installation; prior knowledge; online tutoring system
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Hu, Y.; Cook, D.J.; Taylor, M.E. Study of Effectiveness of Prior Knowledge for Smart Home Kit Installation. Sensors 2020, 20, 6145. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20216145

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Hu, Yang, Diane J. Cook, and Matthew E. Taylor 2020. "Study of Effectiveness of Prior Knowledge for Smart Home Kit Installation" Sensors 20, no. 21: 6145. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20216145

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