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Digital Museums
This is a pilot project which aims to:
1) explore how families interact with digital exhibits/resources
2) develop innovative methodologies that can help us study the relationship between family visitors’ motivation to visit a digital exhibit and their interaction, meaning making and learning with digitally mediated exhibits. More specific objectives are:
1. Identify how visitors use space and interact with digital exhibits and one another to make sense of them;
2. Explore the relationship between motivation to visit a digital exhibit and the interactive experience itself;
3. Critically interrogate and expand the methodological and analytical frameworks (e.g. embodied interaction and multimodal perspectives) available to study visitor interaction, meaning making and learning with digitally mediated museum exhibits;
4. Generate empirically based insights to inform museum exhibition design, visitor research and evaluation. Project methodology:
This is a qualitative study using a mixture of data collections methods. The data which will form the basis for this study will be collected at three points: pre-visit interviews with museum staff, observations (video & audio recordings) of families during their visit, and post-visit family conversations/interviews. The pre-visit interviews with staff will collect background information about the exhibits (including exhibition design documents and evaluations studies, if available). Up to 10 families will be asked to use wearable cameras (Autographer – http://www.autographer.com/) which will record their interactions with 3 digital exhibits (no more than 30 groups in total). Post visit interviews will use a semi-structured protocol and involve families talking about the pictures taken during their interactions with the exhibit. These conversations/interviews combined with analysis of interactions will be used to examine visitors’ understandings of their interactions during the visit and the meaning generated and negotiated by the group members during and short after their visit. Project outcomes:
Share findings with practitioners at research sites
Provide the foundation for future research: a network and a larger proposal Cross-disciplinary frameworks for studying visitor experiences with digitally mediated museum exhibits Funding scheme: IOE/UCL Strategic Partnership Research Innovation Fund
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