Designing User Centred Intelligent Classroom Lighting

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Abstract

Through a case study, this paper presents a new way of designing intelligent classroom lighting to meet the users’ needs. A mix of ethnographic methods (field observations and interviews) were used to investigate the everyday learning activities at a middle school in Copenhagen in order to determine how lighting can support the learning environment. Based on the investigations, lighting design criteria and three predefined lighting scenes are proposed as a new design for meeting the needs of students and teachers during three types of activities. The scenes focus on smartboard visibility and on creating a visual focus on the teacher who is the centre of attention during most activities. It is hypothesised that if the scenes are used according to the different types of activities this would enable the teacher to create structure in the lessons and through this improve the behaviour of the students.
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Through a case study, this paper presents a new way of designing intelligent classroom lighting to meet the users’ needs. A mix of ethnographic methods (field observations and interviews) were used to investigate the everyday learning activities at a middle school in Copenhagen in order to determine how lighting can support the learning environment. Based on the investigations, lighting design criteria and three predefined lighting scenes are proposed as a new design for meeting the needs of students and teachers during three types of activities. The scenes focus on smartboard visibility and on creating a visual focus on the teacher who is the centre of attention during most activities. It is hypothesised that if the scenes are used according to the different types of activities this would enable the teacher to create structure in the lessons and through this improve the behaviour of the students.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSpringer
Volume229
Pages (from-to) 314-323
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2018
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventThe International Conference on Design, Learning and Innovation - Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 30 Oct 201731 Oct 2017

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ConferenceThe International Conference on Design, Learning and Innovation
CountryGreece
CityHeraklion
Period30/10/201731/10/2017

    Research areas

  • Lighting for learning, design research, user centred lighting design, learning environment

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