Interactive Mediation Spaces

Course content

Architecture, layout and interaction design fundamentally influence how people interact, communicate, 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 pervasive, locative, virtual and augmented reality interfaces. A central part of the course will be workshops, where theories on affordances, interactivity, mediation, collaboration, 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, architectural psychology, creativity stimulation, designing possibility spaces
  • altmetrics, webometrics, social media studies of science, cultural institutions, companies, higher education, etc.
  • virtual scientific collaboration, innovation, knowledge sharing, impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on virtual scientific collaboration
Learning outcome

Academic aims

At the examination, the student can demonstrate:

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • The concept of interactive dissemination spaces, including user behaviour and cooperation in digital, physical, social and cultural dissemination spaces
  • Theories/models and methods for investigation of interactive dissemination spaces.


Skills to:

  • Identify interactive dissemination spaces and compare, discuss and explain interactive dissemination spaces in relation to related research areas and traditions
  • Reflect on key theories/models and methods for the investigation of interactive dissemination spaces, including user behaviour and cooperation
  • Evaluate appropriate methods, and combinations of methods, for the investigation of interactive dissemination spaces.


Competencies to:

  • Set up and independently conduct investigations of interactive dissemination spaces
  • Develop interactive dissemination spaces in association with users.

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

Examples of literature on the course:

  • Bawden, D. (1986). Information systems and the stimulation of creativity. Journal of Information Science, 12(5): 203-216.
  • Costas, R. (2017). Towards the social media studies of science: Social media metrics, present and future. Bibliotecas. Anales de Investigación, 13(1), 1–5.
  • Shields, R. (2013). Spatial Questions: Cultural Topologies and Social Spatialisation. SAGE Publications.
  • Thelwall, M., Vaughan, L., & Björneborn, L. (2006). Webometrics. Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, 39: 81-135
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: 16-20 standard pages, for an individual response
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship

Single subject courses (day)

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