Tuesday (December 3) the Michigan Interactive and Social Computing group is hosting Dr. Robert Goodspeed from Taubman College.
Date/time/location:Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Noon in 1255 North Quad
Title:Embodied Computation for Social Learning: Findings from Field Research on Planning Support Systems
Abstract:After many years of discussion and research, professional urban planners are adopting a new class of digital planning support systems (PSS). Based on geographic information systems (GIS) software, these PSS allow stakeholders to create and compare development scenarios in real time at public workshops.
Through a mixed-methods research design, this study investigates the role of these new technologies in planning workshops in Boston, Kansas City, and Austin. The findings indicate high levels of social learning, broadly confirming the collaborative planning theory literature. Participants at planning workshops that incorporated embodied computing interaction designs reported higher levels of two forms of learning drawn from Argyris and Schön?s theory of organizational learning: single and double loop learning. Both were measured through a participant survey. Single loop learning is measured as reported learning. Double loop learning, characterized by deliberation about goals and values, is measured with a novel summative scale. These workshops utilized PSS to contribute indicators to the discussion through the use of paper maps for input and human operators for output. A regression analysis reveals that the PSS contributed to learning by encouraging imagination, engagement, and alignment. Participants' perceived identities as planners, personality characteristics, and frequency of meeting attendance were also related to the learning outcomes. However, less learning was observed at workshops with many detailed maps and limited time for discussion, and exercises lacking PSS feedback.
The development of PSS infrastructure and trends in the field will be briefly discussed.