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ERIC Number: ED557238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISBN: 978-989-8704-02-3
Intrigue at the Museum: Facilitating Engagement and Learning through a Location-Based Mobile Game
Xhembulla, Jetmir; Rubino, Irene; Barberis, Claudia; Malnati, Giovanni
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Conference on Mobile Learning 2014 (10th, Madrid, Spain, Feb 28-Mar 2, 2014)
The use of portable devices to explore informal learning environments has recently exposed museums to a mobile learning (m-learning) scenario. In particular, location-based mobile applications that take into account not only a specific physical venue, but also the personal and social context can be valuable resources to enhance the visitor experience. Game-based applications that leverage on fun and social interaction to facilitate the meaning-making process represent a promising approach, since they favor both learning and entertainment activities. This paper presents the design and evaluation of "Intrigue at the museum", a location-based game addressed to children visiting Palazzo Madama-Museo Civico d'Arte Antica (Turin, Italy). This piece of work offers a methodological insight into the evaluation of engagement as a precursor of learning and provides evidence that a resource of this kind can contribute to a meaningful and enjoyable exploration of the museum by children. [For the complete proceedings, see ED557171.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy