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Nicholas (Nic) Vanderschantz

Previous to teaching at the university, I also taught at the highly regarded Wanganui School of Design.

My area of research focus has been in children’s on-screen reading.

These investigations have specifically looked into how typographic spacing could best affect children’s eye movements during reading.
This area of exploration saw me graduate with a Masters in Computer Graphic Design from Wanganui School of Design in 2007.

As a central part of my teaching and research at the University of Waikato, I have pursued my interests in socially responsible graphic design through a collaborative project with community based arts foundation, Waikato Artmakers Trust.

Director of Artmakers Trust, Sylvie Bolstad and I initiated this collaboration in 2006. The university’s contribution that I champion is a central part of an ongoing community initiative entitled ‘The Glass Hedgehog Project’, named as an ode to the first story created by Artmakers Trust.

 

I have developed the community and socially minded creative methodology known as Digital Storytelling into a workable series of learning outcomes suitable for final semester Computer Graphic Design students, while Sylvie has successfully integrated this into the Artmakers Trust, Foundation Arts Programme.

This project finds a young storyteller paired with a senior tertiary graphic design student to create a collaboratively produced digital story.

The outcome of the partnerships in this project continue to amaze, inspire and surprise, both myself and Sylvie.

I have begun publishing in this area with a recent paper presented at Ed-Media 2008 in Vienna, Austria.

Recent Publications

  • Cunningham, S. J., Alqurashi, H., Hinze, A., Vanderschantz, N., Timpany, C. and Heese, R. (2013) “Browsing and book selection in the physical library shelves.” Working Paper 02/2013, Department of Computer Science, The University of Waikato, Hamilton. hdl:10289/7161
  • Timpany, C. and Vanderschantz, N. (2013) “Using a categorisation structure to understand interaction in children's books.” The International Journal of the Book 10(4), 29-44.
  • Vanderschantz, N. and Timpany, C. (2013) “Who says you can't judge a book by it's cover?” The International Journal of the Book 10(4), 1-17.
  • Hinze, A., McKay, D., Vanderschantz, N., Timpany, C. and Cunningham, S. J. (2012) “Book selection behavior in the physical library: implications for ebook collections.”  Proc Twelfth ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2012), Washington, DC, 305-314. ACM, New York, NY. doi:10.1145/2232817.2232874
  • McKay, D., Buchanan, G., Vanderschantz, N., Timpany, C., Cunningham, S. J. and Hinze, A. (2012) “Judging a book by its cover: interfaces elements that affect reader selection of ebooks.” Farrell, V., Farrell, G., Chua, C., et al. (eds),  Proc Twenty-fourth Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OZCHI '12), Melbourne, Australia, 381-390. ACM, New York, NY. doi:10.1145/2414536.2414597
  • McKay, D., Hinze, A., Heese, R., Vanderschantz, N., Timpany, C. and Cunningham, S. J. (2012) “An exploration of ebook selection behavior in academic library collections.” Zaphiris, P., Buchanan, G., Rasmussen, E., et al. (eds),  Proc Second International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2012), LNCS 7489, Paphos, Cyprus, 13-24. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-33290-6_2
  • Timpany, C., Alqurashi, H., Hinze, A., Cunningham, S. J. and Vanderschantz, N. (2012) “Shared browsing and book selection in an academic library.” Working Paper 05/2012, Department of Computer Science, The University of Waikato, Hamilton. hdl:10289/6965
  • Timpany, C. and Vanderschantz, N. (2012) “A categorisation structure for interactive children's books: levels of interactivity in children's printed books.” The International Journal of the Book 9(4), 97-110.
  • Timpany, C., Vanderschantz, N. and Hallahan, B. (2012) “Interacting with info-graphics in a print-based environment.” Farrell, V., Farrell, G., Chua, C., et al. (eds),  Proc Twenty-fourth Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OZCHI '12), Melbourne, Australia, 589-598. ACM, New York, NY. doi:10.1145/2414536.2414626
  • Vanderschantz, N. and Timpany, C. (2012) “Analysing interaction in children's digital books.” The International Journal of the Book 9(4), 31-48.
  • Vanderschantz, N., Timpany, C. and Hill, A. (2012) “Children's reading of text on interactive whiteboards.” Farrell, V., Farrell, G., Chua, C., et al. (eds),  Proc Twenty-fourth Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OZCHI '12), Melbourne, Australia, 624-632. ACM, New York, NY. doi:10.1145/2414536.2414631
  • Timpany, C. and Vanderschantz, N. (2011) “Learning outcome dependency on contemporary ICT in the New Zealand middle school classroom.” Masoodian, M. and Rogers, B. (eds),  Proc Twelfth Annual ACM SIGCHI-NZ Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (CHINZ 2011), Hamilton, New Zealand, 65-72. ACM, New York. doi:10.1145/2000756.2000765
  • Vanderschantz, N. (2011) “A typographic case study: children's digital books in New Zealand primary schools.” The International Journal of the Book 8(4), 103-117.
  • Vanderschantz, N., Hinze, A., Cunningham, S. J., Timpany, C. and McKay, D. (2011) “How to take a book off the shelf: learning about ebooks from using a physical library.”  Proc Workshop on Books, ebooks and Digital Documents, OzCHI 2011, Canberra, Australia, 1-4.
  • Vanderschantz, N., Timpany, C., Whitehead, D. and Carss, W. (2010) “A small scale study into the effect that text and background colour has on processing and self-correction rates for childrens' on-screen reading.” The International Journal of the Book 7(4), 75-88.
  • Vanderschantz, N. (2009) “A Digital Storytelling Collaboration between a Community Based Charitable Arts Trust and Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design Students.” Mousharaka ICOGRADA Design Week 09, In-print.
  • Vanderschantz, N. (2008) “Reviewing the understanding of the effects of spacing on children's eye movements for on-screen reading.” Working Paper 06/2008, Department of Computer Science, The University of Waikato, Hamilton. hdl:10289/802
  • Vanderschantz, N. (2008) “Text spacing considerations for children's on-screen reading.”  Proc World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (ED-MEDIA 08), Vienna, Austria, 1609-1616. AACE, Chesapeake, VA.
  • Vanderschantz, N. (2007) Consideration of on-screen typography can assist with children's comprehension: the influence of spacing in reading English. Thesis, Master's Thesis, Whanganui School of Design. 

Contact Nicholas Vanderschantz

  • Phone (+64) 7 838 4652
  • Email vtwoz@waikato.ac.nz
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    Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    The University of Waikato
    Private Bag 3105
    Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND


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