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Enhancing reflective learning experiences in museums through interactive installations

Hai, Huang; Lo, Wei Hong; Ng, Her Hui; Brailsford, Timothy; O'Malley, Claire


Huang Hai

Wei Hong Lo

Her Hui Ng

Claire O'Malley


In this study we examine the effect that several technological affordances have upon the experiences of children while visiting a museum, focusing upon engagement, discussion and reflection. The museum is the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum in Malacca, Malaysia. We created a number of public interactive installations designed to facilitate inter-cultural and inter-generational dialogues about cultural identity. The technology employed mixed and augmented reality techniques and gesture recognition to enable visitors to have a multisensory experience with the artefacts on display. Analysis of pre- to post-test knowledge based surveys showed significant learning gains as a result of interacting with the exhibits. Surveys of visitors’ attitudes showed that they felt they had benefitted from the physical interactivity. Qualitative analysis of observational and video data showed that the different interaction techniques provided both benefits and challenges for interaction, which we reflect upon in the paper.


Hai, H., Lo, W. H., Ng, H. H., Brailsford, T., & O'Malley, C. (2018). Enhancing reflective learning experiences in museums through interactive installations

Journal Article Type Article
Conference Name 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2018
Conference Location London, England
Start Date Jun 23, 2018
End Date Jun 27, 2018
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2018
Publication Date Jun 1, 2018
Deposit Date Aug 14, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 14, 2018
Journal Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age: Making the Learning Sciences Count Volume 2
Print ISSN 1573-4552
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Pages 776-783
ISBN 9781732467200
Keywords cultural learning, reflection, interactive installations, kinaesthetic learning, museum studies
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Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Proceedings of 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2018, Vol 2, 776-783


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