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Memory displays: investigating the effects of learning in the periphery

Tilman Dingler, Corinna Giebler, Ulf Kunze, Tim Würtele, Niels Henze, and Albrecht Schmidt

In our knowledge society knowledge acquisition is vital, but often there is a lack of time and resources. Ubiquitous technologies allow us to place learning cues into homes and work environments and thus invite people to consume information in in the periphery or while passing by. In this work we set out to understand the effects of using peripheral displays in people's homes to show content for knowledge acquisition. We explore different aspects about display placement, content, and application scenarios. In a user study with 15 students preparing for a university exam across 3 weeks we compared the effects of an active learning platform with passive learning through peripheral displays. Our main findings are of qualitative nature and allow us to map out a series of design and usage implications for using peripheral displays to help users commit content to long-term memory.