Use of Cognitive Orientation of Museum (COM) Tool to Support Visitor-Centered Learning in Museums
Motoko Okumoto, Hiroshi Kato, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Cognitive orientation of museum (COM) is an interpretation tool, which has been developed to enable museum visitors to derive greater utility from their visit by managing their learning more user-friendly and interactive information. Usually, visitors who are new to a museum find understanding the significant of museum objects and acquiring new knowledge from them difficult because they usually know only the details of the objects rather than how they fit into the context of an exhibition. This system lets them learn such information beforehand. We evaluated the COM tool by comparing with it with another interpretation tool that explains the meanings of each object without the context. Visitors who used the COM tool answered that, for a given object, they knew where they should direct their attention and why. The COM tool enhanced their museum experience, motivated them to learn more, and encouraged them to revisit the museum more effectively than if they had used the control tool.
Okumoto, M. & Kato, H. (2008). Use of Cognitive Orientation of Museum (COM) Tool to Support Visitor-Centered Learning in Museums. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 779-786). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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