ERIC Number: ED482092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Eavesdropping on Electronic Guidebooks: Observing Learning Resources in Shared Listening Environments.
Woodruff, Allison; Aoki, Paul M.; Grinter, Rebecca E.; Hurst, Amy; Szymanski, Margaret H.; Thornton, James D.
This paper describes an electronic guidebook, "Sotto Voce," that enables visitors to share audio information by eavesdropping on each others guidebook activity. The first section discusses the design and implementation of the guidebook device, key aspects of its user interface, the design goals for the audio environment, the eavesdropping mechanism, the audio delivery mechanism, and the construction of the audio content. The second section covers three studies of visitors using electronic guidebooks in a historic house: one study with open air audio played through speakers and two studies with eavesdropped audio. An analysis of visitor interaction in these studies suggests that eavesdropped audio provides more social and interactive learning resources than open air audio played through speakers. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/MES)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: Museums and the Web 2002: Selected Papers from an International Conference (6th, Boston, MA, April 17-20, 2002); see IR 058 778.