Location-based learning with Seppo

On 1st October we trialled our new software for location-based learning, Seppo, with the fantastic Urban Orienteering event around Bristol.

The aim of the event was for students new to the department to get to know the city, its buildings and each other. It started from UWE Bristol’s Arnolfini building on the harbourside and within minutes of starting there were 46 groups of students out in the city, navigating to the 18 locations that had been set out for them. A steady stream of groups followed and by 1pm there were 300 students taking part.

The image below shows the staff view of Seppo as the event was underway. Each yellow dot represents a group of students as they head towards the locations, pictured here as grey gemstones, around the city centre.

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Using GPS technology to know when they are nearby, Seppo displayed information and tasks on the students’ smartphones as they approached each of the locations on foot. Tasks included taking selfies from the locations and responding to questions of various types.

Seppo task at the Arnolfini requiring students to submit selfie of their group wearing UWE t-shirtsa missing word exercise about Royal York Crescent selfie and free text exercise in Seppo at Banksy's 'Girl with a pierced eardrum' piecemultiple choice exercise in Seppo at Clifton Cathedral

Staff watched as the responses arrived in real time from students around the city.

Points were awarded for correct answers and the best photos submitted. At the end of the day at the final location, St Nicholas Market, prizes were given out by Danny Elvidge, the ABE lecturer who took the lead with the event this year.

The students had a great time and it was a brilliant first trial of Seppo too. Here’s some of their feedback:

“It was a great way to introduce students to their new city.”

“Went really well. Good way to look around the city at different areas for new students in the area. And also great way to meet new people.”

“Well organised. Students enjoyed it a lot which is also due to the simple setup. Definitely worth to use again.”

All the staff involved were delighted with how the new software performed on the day and we believe it has huge potential for supporting location-based and gamified learning at UWE. In this first trial we started cautiously and didn’t use most of the more advanced features available in Seppo. We are now busy putting our heads together developing new ideas and looking forward to developing many more fantastic learning experiences for our students this academic year.

If you’d like to find out more about FET’s plans for using Seppo and to discuss ideas you may have for its use, contact oliver.haslam@uwe.ac.uk.