Interactive Mediation spaces - Elective and constituent A1

Course content

Architecture, layout and interaction design fundamentally influence how people can communicate, interact, and collaborate in physical, digital, and hybrid mediation spaces. Information and culture are mediated in such spaces, which include urban spaces, libraries, museums, companies, web sites, social media, and new types of locative, virtual, and augmented reality interfaces. A central part of the course will be workshops, where theories on affordances, interactivity, mediation, collaboration, coordination, etc. are applied to different types of mediation spaces investigated by the students.

Examples of course contents:

  • affordances for serendipity in mediation spaces, space syntax, topology, affordances for traversal
  • sensory affordances, creativity stimulation, architectural psychology, the city as an interface
  • co-located and distributed collaboration in mediation spaces, articulation work, mobility work
  • awareness, communicative coordination, coordination mechanisms, (work) rhythms
Learning outcome

Competence objectives for the module

Knowledge and understandig of:

  • The concept of interactive mediation spaces, including user behaviour in connection with digital, physical, social, and cultural mediation spaces

  • Theories/models and methods for studies and investigations of interactive mediation spaces.

Skills in:

  • Identify interactive mediation spaces and compare, discuss and account for interactive mediation spaces in relation to associated research areas and/or traditions,
  • Reflect on key theories/models and methods for studies and investigations of interactive mediation spaces,
  • Assess methods, and combinations of methods, for studies and investigations of interactive mediation spaces.


Competences in:

  • Plan studies and evaluations of interactive mediation spaces,
  • Conduct studies and evaluations of interactive mediation spaces,
  • Design interactive mediation spaces in association with users.


Academic objectives

Students are able to

  • Give an account of interactive mediation spaces and discuss the concept in relation to associated research areas and/or traditions,
  • Assess theories/models and methods for studying and evaluating interactive mediation spaces,
  • Independently conduct studies and evaluations of interactive mediation spaces.

Classroom teaching, discussions, workshops, group work, presentations, supervision, feedback

Examples of literature on the course:

  • de Waal, M. (2011). The ideas and ideals in urban media. pp. 5-20. In: M. Foth et al. (eds.)(2011). From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen : Urban Informatics, Social Media, Ubiquitous Computing, and Mobile Technology to Support Citizen Engagement. The MIT Press.
  • Lehn, D.v, Heath, C., & Hindmarsh, J. (2001). Exhibiting interaction: Conduct and collaboration in museums and galleries. Symbolic Interaction, 24(2): 189-216.
  • McCoy, J.M. & Evans, G.W. (2002). The potential role of the physical environment in fostering creativity. Creativity Research Journal, 14(3): 409-426.
  • Olson, J.S. & Olson, G.M. (2014). Working together apart: Collaboration over the Internet. Morgan & Claypool.
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Eksamination language: English or Danish
Extent: 15-20 standard pages, plus 10 extra pages for each student in addition to one
Groups: the assignment can be written individually or in groups of up to 4 students
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 56
  • Exam
  • 120
  • Exam Preparation
  • 234,8
  • English
  • 410,8