Posted by Shelley Mannion on | May 25, 2011 | 12 Comments
Here at the British Museum’s Samsung Digital Discovery Centre, we are about to acquire a set of Samsung Galaxy Tabs for a large scale education project. The project will involve museum visits by 700 secondary school students (age 12-13) in June/July 2011. The students will complete a two-part activity:
- Completing an AR/web-based game activity on the Tabs in the galleries;
- Making films in our digital center based on the data they collect through the game.
Since we have such a large number of participants doing the same activity in a short space of time, we are keen to use this as an opportunity to gather research data on how technology facilitates learning in museums and the use of Tabs in galleries. (We are less interested in evaluating the film making activity.) It would be incredibly helpful to have input on what our research questions should be and how to structure our study.
Our intial brainstorm yielded the following questions:
- How does location-based AR interface help participants find objects in galleries?
(And do they enjoy that experience?)
- How does technology encourage discussion around objects?
- What is the nature of those discussions and how is the app/device talked about?
- How do groups of students make use of a large-screen mobile device?
(e.g., do they pass it around, does one person take control, can they all see the screen, etc.)
- Does using the device challenge their preconceptions of what a gallery activity is about?
We could potentially gather data in the following ways:
- Quantitative stats from the mobile app
(e.g., how many page views, time taken to complete the game activity, etc.)
- Observations of how groups use the devices/work together
- Listen in, capture and categorize types of conversations among group members
- Interviews with participants directly after the activity
- Interviews with participants two weeks after the activity
Suggestions about what/how we could flesh out these initial thoughts are most welcome! Research will begin in mid-June 2011.