all lectures and lecture contents are equally interesting
Focus on the LT as technology
Framework to analyze Technology
Four Emotional Threads: Compositional, Emotional, Spatio-Temporal, Sensual
Motive and Hypothesis
Motive : What determines the enjoyment of learning in lecture theatres.
Hypothesis : Compositional and Sensual emotional threads increase enjoyment in attending lectures.
Laddering – not effective
Exploratory Interview with random sample of NUS students
25 valuable respondents
Investigator: Okay, please tell me something about your learning experience in Lecture theatres
Participant : I enjoy going to LTs with my friends for lessons.
Investigator: Why do you enjoy going with friends?
Participant : Because they provide companionship and i wont feel so bored
Investigator: Why dont you like feeling bored during lectures?
Participant : Because very mundane to just keep jotting down notes and listening
Investigator: What is so bad about feeling mundane in a lecture?
Participant : The lecture can drone on and on and it gets very bad when you're alone
Investigator: Why is it bad to be alone?
Participant : Coz when am alone, there is one less person to take notes with me and when i miss out something, i can turn to no one for help unless e person sitting beside me looks friendly
Investigator: Why is it important to ask for help from someone who looks friendly?
Participant : An unfriendly person might not wanna lend me notes then i'll look very stupid asking
Relationship between people in lectures is Important
Good companionship is central to learning experience
Avoid boredom from listening and taking notes
Enjoy the company of others
Year of Study
Please tell us your most favourite LT in the campus and why you like this LT so much.
Please tell us your least favourite LT and why is it so undesirable
Observations: Favorite LT
Remarks: Favorite LT Lt 11. Because it's huge, new and spacious. It is also bright and yet cosy :) LT12, because it appears central and accessible yet it is not very exposed. LT17, newly furnished. LT 25. There are significant number of power plugs as i need them to use my laptop LT27 - very large (ample choice of seating), comfortable seating (unlike LT25,33,34), easy access (few seconds away from Bus stop).
Opposing views on LT 11 “ It's too big. The writing tablets are also too big, which "eats" into your sitting space. | ” because of the openness and large capacity, it is easy to zone out” “ Too Big and cold” “ Because it's huge, new and spacious. It is also bright and yet cosy” “ It's so big...you can just disappear among the masses and enter your own comfort zone.” “ All of FASS's LT, tables & chairs are still in good quality just that sometimes the air con is too strong.”
Least Favorite LT… …
Least Favorite : LT 26
LT 26 Remarks
“ The wooden chair is not comfortable at all.”
“ Very uncomfortable chair”
“ because it has old pull-down seats which are uncomfortable”
Remarks: Other Least Favorite LT LT 11. It's too big. The writing tablets are also too big, which "eats" into your sitting space. LT 12. Small, cold and dark LT 13. dun really like the theater design LT 21. Very uncomfortable chair LT 25. seats are not comfortable at all. LT 26. The wooden chair is not comfortable at all.
LT 26 seems to be most problematic
Some LTs had pretty mixed findings : LT 11 is pointed out as one of the most favourite LTs for some people, but yet there were others who found it too cold and big
Our results and method of research would have varied greatly if we had interpreted learning experience in a different manner
Enjoyable vs Educational learning
In this case, Compositional and Sensual seem to be very important factors to users
“ Compositional and Sensual emotional threads increase enjoyment in attending lectures.”
Reference Design ?
Temperature control sensor
Warm by default, incrementally lower as more students come in
Revamp Old LTs with updated contemporary design
Power points for personal digital learning devices