Designing engaging interactions for exploration and sharing of multidisciplinary outcomes in environmental education

Matthes, Natascha Y. & Foth, Marcus (2007) Designing engaging interactions for exploration and sharing of multidisciplinary outcomes in environmental education. In Bajart, Anne, Muller, Henk, & Strang, Thomas (Eds.) Ubicomp 2007 Workshops Proceedings, Dt. Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Innsbruck, Austria.

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The recent advent of mash-ups based on geobrowsers and social networking technologies holds great potential to use maps for sharing outcomes of activities in Environmental Education and to raise awareness around environmental sustainability issues. However, in this paper we argue that further interaction design research for online community applications in the context of Environmental Education is required in two ways. Firstly, this project is investigating how exploration, contribution and sharing of environmental outcomes can be seamlessly embedded in the existing practice of Environmental Education to engage students in environmental activities. For this purpose, it is investigating various facets of ubiquitous computing, namely web-based interfaces, mobile technology use and tangible media installations. Secondly, this project analyses challenges to the dominant map and planet metaphors as virtual copies of the real world and explores design and metaphor alternatives which integrate outcomes of multidisciplinary, environmental initiatives that may not necessarily be location-specific. In line with the strong participatory strategy of Environmental Education itself, this practice-led design research uses a participatory design methodology and includes students, educators, organisers, and mentors of environmental activities in an initial user needs analysis, the design process and evaluation of prototypes.

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ID Code: 8737
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Environmental Education, online community, social networking, ubiquitous computing, interaction design, mobile technology, tangible media, interfaces
ISBN: 9783000225994
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 23 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2012 23:51

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