When we opened in March 2012, we started collecting data on how many people are using our main collaborative spaces every hour. Recently, the staff of the Krause Innovation Studio began to collect data on the interactions in the main collaborative spaces. We are investigating what can be done in terms of the type of data that can be collected. Using the Coda/iCoda software program, a tagging system (more information about Coda/iCoda can be accessed in my previous post about iPads), staff members carry an iPad around the Studio, pressing and depressing the blue circles representing chairs on an overlay of the floorplan as students sit down or leave. The following image shows Tony Tompkins, Innovation Consultant at the Krause Innovation Studio, using the data collection application.
The screen shot below provides a view of the collection tool in iCoda, labeled as People Counter, that is used to collect data on learning spaces interactions. Note: the screen shot data differs from the image above because the images were captured on different days.
The bulls-eye circles represent places where people are sitting in the Studio. When someone new sits down, the staff member presses the appropriate blue circle representing a chair. For example, in the second screen shot (below), a pop-up window appeared after the staff member pressed seat 4 (s4) in the Stadium Pod.
Once pressed, a pop up window enables our staff to select the following options for the person:
Individual vs. Collaborative
Laptop and/or Tablet and/or Mobile and/or Paper/Book
Display and/or Equipment
Female vs. Male
For initial data collection purposes, individual is working by yourself and collaborative is working with another. We record the type of device or tool a person is using (laptop and/or tablet and/or mobile and/or paper/book). Many of our spaces have the Steelcase Mediascape system, enabling people to connect a device to a larger display. If a person is using the system to connect to a larger display, we enter display and if they are using one of our adapters or whiteboard marker sets, we specify equipment as well. As our data collection proceeds, we will think about defining the type of group work that is occurring.
Right now we are experimenting with the different types of capabilities this data collection tool can offer. We have plans to continue to streamline the data collection process and hope to develop a targeted research project around the interactions in the Studio in the Fall. If you have any suggestions to make our tool better in the meantime, please add a comment to this post.