In Search of Lost Space

The Changing Affordances of Physical and Virtual Teaching Spaces During the Pandemic


  • Matteo Mazzamurro PhD Student, Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick



Teaching spaces, Online teaching, Seminar teaching, COVID-19


In this reflection, I discuss the changing affordances of physical and virtual spaces in PGR seminar teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic. I start by reviewing how physical space has been conceptualised in the pedagogical literature in terms of its material aspects, affordances, and interactions with users. I then translate the above concepts to virtual teaching spaces. I discuss how the affordances of both physical and virtual spaces have evolved throughout the different stages of the pandemic, exemplifying the process through my personal experience of seminar teaching. I conclude with a personal reflection on the challenges and unexpectedly positive consequences of having to dynamically adapt one’s pedagogy to changing affordances and constraints.


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Author Biography

Matteo Mazzamurro, PhD Student, Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick

I am a PhD Student in the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities. I work on applications of spatial point processes and graph entropies to the study of the population dynamics of urban systems. Before joining Warwick, I studied Mathematics at Imperial College and worked as an IT Consultant in Milan, Geneva, and Bordeaux. Alongside research, I worked as a seminar tutor in Logic, Formal Methods, and other Mathematical modules in the Computer Science Department. I hold an Associate Fellowship HEA.

Matteo Mazzamurro, author of this article