Vertaisarvioitu artikkeli konferenssijulkaisussa (A4)

Sensory Ethnography and Interaction Design in Immersive Higher Education

Julkaisun tekijät: Anna-Kaisa Sjölund

Konferenssin vakiintunut nimi: International Conference on Education, Research and Innovation

Paikka: ISI, Google Scholar, Semantic Scholar, Zenada, OpenAire, Base, WorldCat, SherpaRomeo

Julkaisuvuosi: 2018

Journal: International journal of mechanical, industrial science and engineering

Kirjan nimi *: N/A

Volyymi: 20.

ISSN: 1307-6892


The doctoral thesis examines interaction design and sensory ethnography
as tools to create immersive education environments.

In recent years, there has been increasing interest and discussions
among researchers and educators on immersive education like augmented reality
tools, virtual glasses and the possibilities to utilize them in education at
all levels. Using virtual devices as learning environments it is possible to
create multisensory learning environments.

Sensory ethnography in this study refers to the way of the senses
consider the impact on the information dynamics in immersive learning

The past decade has seen the rapid development of virtual world research
and virtual ethnography. Christine Hine's Virtual Ethnography offers an anthropological
explanation of net behavior and communication change. Despite her
groundbreaking work, time has changed the users’ communication style and
brought new solutions to do ethnographical research. The virtual reality with
all its new potential has come to the fore and considering all the senses.

Movie and image have played an important role in cultural research for
centuries, only the focus has changed in different times and in a different
field of research. According to Karin Becker, the role of image in our society
is information flow and she found two meanings what the research of visual
culture is.

The images and pictures are the artifacts of visual culture. Images can
be viewed as a symbolic language that allows digital storytelling. Combining
the sense of sight, but also the other senses, such as hear, touch, taste,
smell, balance, the use of a virtual learning environment offers students a way
to more easily absorb large amounts of information. It offers also for
teachers’ different ways to produce study material.

In this article using sensory ethnography as research, tool approaches
the core question. Sensory ethnography is used to describe information dynamics
in the immersive environment through interaction design. The immersive education environment
is understood as a three-dimensional, interactive learning environment, where the
audiovisual aspects are central, but all senses can be taken into

When designing learning environments or any digital service, interaction
design is always needed. The question what is interaction design is justified because there is no simple or consistent idea of what is the interaction design
or how it can be used as a research method or whether it is only a description
of practical actions. When discussing immersive learning environments or their
construction, consideration should be given to interaction design and sensory

Keywords: Immersive Education, Sensory Ethnography, Information
Dynamics, Interaction Design

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