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Web-based museum trails on PDAs for university-level design students: design and evaluation

 
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Creators:Reynolds, R and Walker, Kevin and Speight, C
Group or Collective Creators:Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD), Victoria and Albert Museum, London Knowledge Lab
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This paper describes the development and evaluation of web-based museum trails for university-level design students to access on handheld devices in the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London. The trails offered students a range of ways of exploring the museum environment and collections, some encouraging students to interpret objects and museum spaces in lateral and imaginative ways, others more straightforwardly providing context and extra information. In a three-stage qualitative evaluation programme, student feedback showed that overall the trails enhanced students’ knowledge of, interest in, and closeness to the objects. However, the trails were only partially successful from a technological standpoint due to device and network problems. Broader findings suggest that technology has a key role to play in helping to maintain the museum as a learning space which complements that of universities as well as schools.

Official Website:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2010.04.010
Type of Research:Article
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:museums, mobile technologies, information environment
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company:Elsevier
Your affiliations with UAL:Colleges > London College of Communication
Research Centres/Networks > Information Environments Network (I.E.)
Date:November 2010
Digital Object Identifier:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2010.04.010
Projects or Series:Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011), iGuides
ID Code:3689
Deposited By:Dr Kevin Walker
Deposited On:02 Nov 2011 14:40
Last Modified:06 Jul 2012 15:04
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