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Museum Learning via Social Media_OUposter

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Museum Learning via Social Media_OUposter

  1. 1. Museum Learning via Social Media: Can interactions on Twitter enhance the museum learning experience? Research Questions • How can museum spaces, artefacts andIntroduction social media tools be used to createNew technologies and online services have participatory learning experiences whichchanged the traditional ways of are engaging and meaningful?communication and learning radically. Such • How do young people’s online interactions Personal help them to engage meaningfully withdevelopments bring unique andfundamental opportunities, alongside Context museum content and make sense of theirchallenges, for rethinking learning in both experiences?formal and non-formal learning spaces, Methodssuch as museums and schools. This research employs case study researchDescription Social Physical methodology. Methods included: pre- andThe museum visit was designed around the Context Context post-test questionnaire, observations in the classroom and the museum, track Twittertheme ‘Get Up, Stand Up: Fight for your and semi-structured interviews.rights’. It is related to KS3 HistoryCurriculum. The Museum of London was Participants Contextual Model for Learningselected as the site of the study. The study The museum learning experience is shaped by time and “filtered through the personal A Year 9 History class in a secondary school context, mediated by the social context and embedded within the physical context”included a museum visit and some pre-visit Falk and Dierking (1992) in Milton Keynes (n=29).and post-visit classroom based sessions. “I like that...cos you got to see other people‟s opinions...you canWhy ? see how they interpret it [...] „You could just look back at it and•popular ‘microblogging’ service look through it...and just see what different opinions...the most•synchronous and asynchronous attributes important thing...everyone has an opinion‟” (Nina)•effective educational tool (Elavski et al; Junco et al.) “With the tweeting...you get lots of opinions on what you have•easy to use, simple web and iPhone app interface posted, forming judgments, and the best part...you can get some more information, particular items you are interested in and search about it.‟”(Neil) Koula Charitonos Research Student CREET/IET “I really enjoyed it, it was a brilliant way of learning and very interactive...” (Sara) (Data from interviews ) K.Charitonos@open.ac.uk/ @ch_koula Data from Twitter

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