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Title:The experience of learning atmosphere in the learning commons
Author(s):Cox, Andrew M.
Learning commons
Informal learning
Sensory studies
Abstract:Even within highly planned environments such as university libraries and information commons, we should take seriously the need to understand how space is experienced and how this shapes learning as an embodied process. This preliminary results paper explores students’ experience of informal learning spaces, through the lens of sensory studies. It is based on data from walk with interviews and focus groups, in a British University. The results of the initial round of data collection and analysis show how study atmospheres are experienced in sensory and emotional terms, especially how particular qualities of light, visibility and sound are felt in the course of different types of informal learning. The next stage of the research will develop a better understanding of how different learning atmospheres are socially constructed based on observation and further walk with interviews.
Issue Date:2017
Citation Info:Cox, A. M. (2017). The Experience of Learning Atmosphere in the Learning Commons. In iConference 2017 Proceedings (pp. 333-339).
Series/Report:iConference 2017 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Andrew Cox
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-07-27

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