It doesn’t matter, but: examining the impact of ambient learning displays on energy consumption and conservation at the workplace

Dirk Börner, Marco Kalz, Marcus Specht

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    Abstract

    This study reports an intervention to initiate environmental learning and facilitate pro-environmental behaviour. The purpose was to examine the impact of ambient learning displays on energy consumption and conservation at the workplace, more specifically the evaluation of learning outcome and behaviour change. Using a quasi-experimental design, the empirical study was conducted among employees working at a university campus. For the experimental treatments, ambient learning display prototypes were varied on two design dimensions, namely representational fidelity and notification level. The results do not provide clear evidence that the design of the displays influences learning outcome or that the displays lead to pro-environmental behaviour change. Nevertheless, the sole deployment of the display prototypes eased the comprehension of the information provided and lowered the need for additional information. Thus, ambient learning displays provide a promising framework in the context of environmental learning and beyond.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)899-915
    Number of pages17
    JournalEnvironmental Education Research
    Volume21
    Issue number6
    Early online date4 Jun 2014
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2015

    Keywords

    • ambient learning displays
    • empirical study
    • energy conservation
    • environmental learning
    • pro-environmental behaviour

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