by W. Michael Johnson, Danuta A. Nitecki, Michael J Khoo, Ronak Nathani, and Sundar Ram Swaminathan
While face-to-face collaboration has been theorized to be a key element in intellectual development and cognition, no formal method of quantitative measurement has been applied to understand collective face-to-face learning in academic institutions or how patterns of interaction and individual reflection may reveal information exchange among students within educational institutions. To address this gap, this study introduces a novel tool and framework to promote the systematic study of peer collaboration for general use in education.
Results of this applied research will be useful to architects, interior designers, librarians, educators, and researchers interested in obtaining empirical evidence and applying it to the design of learning environments and the assessment of how well spaces intentionally relate to learning. This research project introduces a common means for researchers in space design, education, and information science to develop principles and best practices to improve return on investment in the design of informal learning environments.
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W. Michael Johnson has practiced architecture in educational settings for over 30 years, specializing in the renovation of schools and laboratories. He has written and presented papers on institutions as distributed resource networks and information diffusion on campuses. He is part of an interdisciplinary research team examining relationships between buildings, informal learning, and information networks in higher education. He holds degrees in architecture from Yale University and Princeton University and teaches network and game theory approaches to design at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York.
Dr. Danuta A. Nitecki. As Drexel University’s dean of libraries and professor in its College of Computing and Informatics since 2010, Dr. Nitecki has been transforming the library to be responsive to changes in technologies, information seeking behaviors, scholarly communications, and pedagogy. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. in library and information sciences and an M.S. in communications. Previously, she held administrative positions in the libraries at Yale University, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign, and University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has taught courses on evaluation and research methods in library and information science graduate programs; been active in national, state, and regional associations; served as a consultant; and published over 80 articles, books, and compilations on such topics as library spaces, user-based evaluation of library services, research methods, document delivery, and management of library services and information technology applications. With co-authors Robert E. Dugan and Peter Hernon, she received the 2010 Best Book in Library Literature for Viewing Library Metrics from Different Perspectives: Inputs, Outputs, and Outcomes (Libraries Unlimited 2009), awarded by the American Library Association. She current serves as liaison to SCUP from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
Micheal John Khoo's research interests include the qualitative and sociotechnical analyses of libraries, archives, and digital repositories with a focus on the users of these institutions. He uses qualitative methods based on ethnography, observation, interviews, and surveys. He has degrees in anthropology and communication and 15 years of ethnographic and qualitative research experience in a wide range of field sites, including libraries, archives, and digital libraries. He has published research results in a variety of journal and conference venues.
Ronak Nathani's interests include open source, large-scale distributed systems and machine learning. He is a program director, data engineer at an education startup in Paolo Alto, CA, Insight Data Science, where he helps software engineers and graduates from various fields transition into careers in Data Engineering. He holds a masters degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University, PA.
Sundar Ram Swaminathan holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University. He is a systems engineer at Xyntek, Inc., in Newtown, Pennsylvania, currently developing mobile applications for the Internet of Things. His academic work focused on video processing, image segmentation and tracking objects in videos.