A choice of terminals: spatial patterning in computer laboratories

Dirk HR Spennemann, David Cornforth, John Atkinson

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Abstract

Previous research of the use of computer laboratories in schools and universities has focussed on educational issues. None of the studies so far have considered matters of situational territoriality and spatial patterning that govern human behaviour.By assessing the user behaviour in 16 computer laboratories at a regional university in Australia, this paper will examine the spatial patterns of student use of machines in each laboratory to whether there are underlying commonalities.The study found that computers within easy access to doors are disproportionately more used than computer that are further away, irrespective of other ‘incentive’ such as windows, wall anchoring or security camera positioning. This paper has implications for any division within a university environment responsible for the spatial positioning of computer in a student laboratory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-96
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Information and Learning Technology
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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