“Spatial media are more and more mediating how space is understood and the interactions occurring within them. Geographic spaces are evermore complemented with various kinds of georeferenced and real-time data – pictures, thoughts, statistics, reviews, historical documents, routes – that can be accessed through a plethora of augmented and location-aware maps and interactive displays that have multiple points of view.”
The spatial design of the classroom hasn’t changed much from the past, and it is making teaching and learning more problematic. For example, large classrooms that are built for traditional ways of teaching become physically and visually distracting to students, and they eventually get lost in their own devices.
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In any BCM lecture theatre, it is relatively reasonable to remark that the number of devices is likely higher than the number of people in that same space. Although the positive influence of media use is undeniable, the practice still raises several issues, especially the shrinkage of students’ attention span.
They seemingly drift off to another world … I’ve found myself approached by students after class, asking me questions about matters that have been covered but somehow they missed, and this is getting more and more common.
A lecture theatre. The lighting is dimmed so that the only source of light is the projected screen. Ah, no, I was wrong. The only sourceS of light are the large projector screen, and about thirty laptop screens plus about ten or twenty smartphone screens.