A Sound Effect on People
About This Show
A Sound Effect on People is a show that explores how we're all affected by sound, or to use a technical term, by acoustics. We'll investigate how poor acoustics can be disruptive, even harmful, while good acoustics can help us learn, work productively, even heal. We'll discover that our responses to sound are both psychological and physiological. And we'll learn about how people with different personalities react in different ways to the same sounds.
A Sound Effect on People is produced by Saint-Gobain Ecophon, a manufacturer that specialises in developing and producing materials that improve room acoustics.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 13: Thoughts from ILETC: Improving learning environments
Welcome to the 13th podcast of our ‘A Sound Effect on People’ series. This episode is part one of a two-part series recorded at the Transitions Europe conference in September 2017 and reflects upon improving learning environments for education, as we discuss the change and progression within creating the perfect educational environment with Wesley Imms, Associate Professor and Head of visual art and design education, at the University of Melbourne. After years of researching the perfect environment for learning, Wesley Imms believes that the learning techniques in primary education years are heading in the right direction in comparison to secondary education. This is due to teachers creating exciting ways of learning for the younger generation in order to keep them engaged with their topics. Primary teachers tend to focus on collaborative work and using both the inside and outside to teach as well as moving the furniture around depending on the topic; but does this stop when students reach secondary education? He believes to create an environment which improves education you must design the area with moveable walls, smart furniture, smart storage and a balance of indoor and outdoor areas… however, a teacher must know how to use the environment to their advantage to improve the learning for the next generation. Wesley discusses his plans to move forward and his current success with encouraging schools to see the importance in learning spaces. We are later joined by Marian Mahat, ILETC Research Manager. The ILETC project investigates how teachers can use the untapped potential of Innovative Learning Environments (ILEs) to improve learning outcomes for students. The goal of this project is to identify whether there is a link between quality teaching and effective use of ILEs; and develop practical tools to assist teachers to adapt their teaching practices to maximise deeper learning. Learn more about ILETC here. She believes creating the right space to collaborate and communicate produces a positive atmosphere for a student which provides benefits within their results. Marian Mahat discusses the recent surveys within schools in Australia and New Zealand and the research they discovered.