Prototyping a Learning Environment, an Application of the Techniques of Design Science Research and Ergonomics of the Built Environment

  • Thaisa Sampaio SarmentoEmail author
  • Vilma Villarouco
  • Alex Sandro Gomes
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 825)


School environments and infrastructure are fundamental elements to the success of the educational system. The purpose of this article is to describe the triangulation of three methods used to develop a conceptual model of learning environment appropriate to technology-based learning. An ergonomic approach to the built environment should consider constructive aspects, psychological effects and users’ expectations about their learning environment. The application of ergonomic methods is a strategic advantage to obtain innovative ideas to be applied in different types of environments. One of the highlights of this research is its participative nature, involving high school students and teachers. Motivating these people to get involved in a future perspective thinking exercise is one of the principles of Science Design [1]. The central method of this research is Design Science Research [2], which was supplemented with ergonomic techniques for the analysis and design of built environments - The Ergonomic Methodology for the Built Environment - EMBE (MEAC in Portuguese) [3] and the studies on ergonomics for design the built environment [4]. A conceptual model of learning environment was obtained and presented in four different layouts: for activity rotation, group activities, laboratory activities and expository activities. Additionally, technical specifications were also presented regarding: constructive elements, comfort conditions, environmental systems, furniture and equipment criteria. Finally, the developed method is presented as a contribution to the field of Design and Ergonomics of the Built Environment.


Design science research Ergonomics of the built environment Participatory techniques 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thaisa Sampaio Sarmento
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vilma Villarouco
    • 2
  • Alex Sandro Gomes
    • 3
  1. 1.Federal University of AlagoasMaceióBrazil
  2. 2.Federal University of PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  3. 3.Federal University of PernambucoRecifeBrazil

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