Using mobile devices as activity aids in a history museum

Joel Lanir, Merav Yosfan, Alan Wecker, Billie Eilam

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Informal learning at museums and cultural heritage sites are an important complement to formal school learning. Children arriving on field trips or on a visit with their parents 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. Initial 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
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
StatePublished - 2020
Event2020 AVI2CH Workshop on Advanced Visual Interfaces and Interactions in Cultural Heritage, AVI2CH 2020 - Island of Ischia, Italy
Duration: 29 Sep 2020 → …

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  • Handheld device
  • Mobile learning
  • Museum mobile guide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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