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TCM Feedback: Lightbulb ‘discovery moments’ using multiple devices in the Wild

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Lynda Davies
7 March 2011

Abstract: Anne Adams, Tim Coughlan, Trevor Collins, Sarah Davies, Steve Swithenby, Yvonne Rogers, Janet VanDerLinden, Canan Blake 

How do you design a learning system to support those ‘lightbulb’ moments?  What are the benefits and disadvantages from jumping between multiple different devices? How can distributed learning support or hinder student learning?  Presenting the latest evidence from several studies conducted during the Out There in Here project (OTIH - ) we detail how an ecology of devices (e.g. smartphones, ipads, laptops, tabletop, large screen displays, live video feeds) can impact on interaction and learning patterns.  

This presentation includes the latest OTIH trials conducted in a cemetery with i) the public ii) school children studying drama and iii) University biodiversity students.  There are some surprising findings around different usage patterns with an ecology of mobile and static devices as well as various applications that reveal different interaction and learning patterns.  For example, some younger students interwove online social networking with learning that mirrored offline patterns adopted by the older participants.  Finally a discussion is presented around how flexible system design can have positive impacts on those lightbulb ‘discovery moments’. 

Presenter: Dr Anne Adams (IET)

Date: 7 December 2011

Location: Jennie Lee Building Meeting Room 1 Ground Floor

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Mark Gaved
12:38pm 7 December 2011

Hi Anne - interesting talk. Could you put your slides online? thanks! Mark

Lynda Davies
11:52am 8 December 2011

I really enjoyed Anne’s presentation and found it extremely interesting and informative.  Really liked the “Lightbulb Moment” concept.   

I think it would be really beneficial if more students could be given an opportunity to get involved in this type of teaching concept – a real refreshing approach.  I think that the potential for this type of research is vast and it really encourages everyone to engage and work together in a way they probably would not have thought about. 

Christine Griffiths (IET)

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