Media Production & Field Research


I decided to do my Field Research while in my production lecture on Mondays. The space isn’t as wide as other lecture halls I have been in but the seating fits about 100 hundred people. The way the lecture hall is set up, the seating is very steep when going up and down. The narrow room comes to a focal point where the professor’s stand is a little of to the side left hand side. There is a projection screen over the whiteboard. The walls are pale gray and the seats are red and padded. The campus is Wi-Fi accessible and doesn’t have any sites popular sites restricted such as Facebook and Twitter. During the class most students are using their phones, laptops, and tablets. The professor hasn’t said anything that discourages students from using any source of mobile media. The room itself only has one major form of media, the projection screen.

Who is there?

The mixtures of the students are young adults anywhere from their second semester at Temple to their last semester as a senior. A majority of students are between the ages 19 to 26. Though gender was not taken into consideration, there was an even amount of both genders at the time of observation. The majority of the class is white. The clothing worn by most of the students are very typical for a student, especially in the winter, boots, jeans, hoodies, scarves, and jackets. Most of the students sit with people that appear to be friends. Some students sit alone. Most students are texting from their phones. During the class students who use their laptops or tablets are either taken notes and/or using social media.

Mobile Device Interactions

Before class starts students are sharing new information via their phones and tablets. Student’s near by are checking their twitter and sharing news with their friends. The students that are sitting alone are checking missed messages. Groups of students are sharing photos. They are texting while talking within groups and multitasking. During the class, students refrained from talking but engaged with media. A group of students’ texts during class while students with laptops were doing homework for another class or simply taking notes while on Facebook or Twitter. Other students refrain from using mobile media.

While You Were There?

When I was observing the area, I thought it was interesting to see people respond to Snap Chats with funny faces. The excitement on one person’s face was actually funny.  Watching the their thoughts cross their mind and plan out their next action to a text or response of something they read was actually amusing. The times that people thought wasn’t watching them were also enjoyable. One student freely sat on their blog, which displayed graphic materials.

Social Justice App

I feel like the app that I want to create would be good for this area due to what my aunt, who has epilepsy, go through. She isn’t in school now but she was. When attending Community College of Philadelphia, she had a seizure right on the side of the school. I feel like an app for epilepsy would be sufficient due to 1 in 26 people has it.


One thought on “Media Production & Field Research”

  1. An app to help with epilepsy is a good idea, but how does it connect to your observations? In particular how does the ubiquity of mobile devices in the classroom you describe inform how you might design the app? Who would the app before, moreover. Just people with epilepsy? A way to notify people in the area when someone has a seizure and instructions on what to do? In your proposal, paper, and design materials be explicit about what the app might be able to do or how it might help people with epilepsy. Connect your observations to your design more explicitly. What tools are people already using that might inform your design?

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