Student Informal Learning at Museum Field Trips using Tablet Computers

Joel Lanir, Merav Yosfan, Alan Wecker, Billie Eilam

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Abstract

Informal learning at museums are an important complement to formal school learning. Children arriving on field trips can expand their knowledge, and gain new understanding and perspectives of real world phenomena. Electronic mobile applications are often used in museums to provide information about the exhibits, as well as support student's engagement with the museum items. However, it is unclear whether they support learning better than conventional non-technological aids. Furthermore, it is unclear what type of electronic guide best supports learning. In this work, we examine young students' mobile learning in the museum, comparing three types of activity guides: a paper booklet, an information-based mobile application and a constructivist-based mobile application. Results indicate that students using the constructivist guide learned better than students using the informative guide but not better than ones using the paper booklet, and that overall, students preferred the mobile application over the paper booklet.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtended Abstracts - 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services
Subtitle of host publicationExpanding the Horizon of Mobile Interaction, MobileHCI 2020
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450380522
DOIs
StatePublished - 10 May 2020
Event22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services: Expanding the Horizon of Mobile Interaction, MobileHCI 2020 - Virtual, Online, Germany
Duration: 5 Oct 20209 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameExtended Abstracts - 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services: Expanding the Horizon of Mobile Interaction, MobileHCI 2020

Conference

Conference22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services: Expanding the Horizon of Mobile Interaction, MobileHCI 2020
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityVirtual, Online
Period5/10/209/10/20

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work has been funded by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), grant number: 1278/17

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Owner/Author.

Keywords

  • Mobile learning
  • handheld device
  • museum mobile guide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Information Systems
  • Software

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