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

Walker, Kevin, Reynolds, Rebecca and Speight, Catherine, 2010, Journal Article, Web-based museum trails on PDAs for university-level design students: Design and evaluation Computers and Education, 55 (3). pp. 994-1003. ISSN 0360-1315

Abstract or Description:

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. This research informed my other work in visitor-constructed learning trails in museums, specifically in the theoretical approach to data analysis used, in the research design, and in informing ways to structure visitor experiences in museums. It resulted in a conference presentation, and more broadly informed my subsequent teaching practice.

Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W280 Interactive and Electronic Design
School or Centre: School of Communication
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2010.04.010
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2016 09:20
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2023 14:26
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1226
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