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The Power of Experience: evaluating the use of a mobile approach for enhancing learning in urban design.

Presentation at Oxford Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference. Wednesday, 29 June 2011, Harcourt Hill, Oxford Authors: Laura Novo de Azevedo, Nina Sharp and Tobias Fett

Laura Novo de Azevedo

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Transcript of The Power of Experience: evaluating the use of a mobile approach for enhancing learning in urban design.

although urban design principles aim to improve the sensory experience of the urban environment, its teaching mostly takes place indoors, fully insulated from the city environment.
who is it for?
who can contribute?
anyone in the world interested in learning and teaching urban design
Open Educational Resource
the move from a ‘recipient’ to a ‘critical thinking’ approach through a flexible situated experience
take anywhere, anytime!
international community
thank you!
Mobile Technology required and inspired a variety of teaching and learning activities and environments:

Teaching and Learning Environments: city streets, wiki, classroom, grahics workshop (media centre)

Lectures: face-to-face and mobile (video podcasts from www.urbandesignexperience.com)

Interactive Workshops: drawing skills, design studios, video production, shooting and editing, 3d computer modelling (sketchup)

Research and communication: video and interactive pdfs
A3 report
Final Video
hardcopy & interactive pdf
questions to exercises from the mobile lectures
reflective exercises on student's learning experience
Reflective Questions
Video for Site Analysis
or as part of the interactive pdf
issues to develop
mobile lectures need to be more integrated into the module's teaching activities;
wiki too slow, doesn't accept large files for design and not very 'customizable';
not useful to have more than one environment (for students/for 'others');
copyright issues for an open educational resource;
improve independent learning area in the wiki, more focus on digital literacy;
invest in international collaborations and use (subtitles, etc);
value of the project if people don't have access to mobile technology and wifi;
use mobile lectures for comparative research.
mobile lectures
the interaction aspect of the website, wiki, mobile lectures seen as exciting;

students demonstrated concern and excitement about the use of technology and the different approaches to teaching and learning;

hands-on aspects of the module seen as potentially fun and enjoyable;

students felt very interested in learning by experiencing the urban environment.
allows interactivity and learn from each other

'you get immediate feedback and stimulation from other people'

'don’t think the wiki works very well when they are in big groups but when it is small groups like this I think they are really really good'

can be confusing and needs to allow larger files to be uploaded

oral feeback well received (emotions)
helps relate urban form, social life and urban design qualities

encourages independent learning;

allows for a ‘flexible’ learning

helps with different learning styles

helps to engage with the subject and participate in the class

makes learning varied and interactive
videos & interactive pdfs
demanding but worth it

helpful transferable skill

easier for some types of learners

helps organising ideas for explaining the design proposals

increases engagement and helps with groupwork
students have difficulties to understand how urban design principles work practice;

direct transference of ‘accepted wisdom’ imparted during lectures rather than a critical reflection on the spatial and social consequences of applied urban design principles;
evidence of
Digital Literacy, Plasticine and Wooden Blocks
How to record mobile lectures?
How to make them available offline?
Where to host the mobile lectures?
How to ensure equal access?
Laura Novo de Azevedo, Nina Sharp, Tobias Fett
background and delivery
evaluating the use of a mobile approach
for enhancing learning in urban design
background to the project
pilot implementation
reflections and discussion
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