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ERIC Number: EJ892632
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
Web-Based Museum Trails on PDAs for University-Level Design Students: Design and Evaluation
Reynolds, R.; Walker, K.; Speight, C.
Computers & Education, v55 n3 p994-1003 Nov 2010
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. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)