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REFLECTIONS: Reading Reflections Posts
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Assignment 1: Observing Learning Interactions (individual)
DUE: 28 March, Observation notes and summary
In this assignment we will use a semi-structured observation method to gather insights into the qualities and features of learning interactions in a museum setting and share and synthesize our findings.
Assignment 2: Basecamp Timing & Tracking Study (individual)
DUE: 7 April Findings highlights for class presentation, and submit report by next class
Students participate in a classwide timing and tracking study. Using a data collection sheet, each student will be required to observe and track the learning interactions of 10 family groups as they move through the Discovery Basecamp exhibit area. Individual data will pooled for analysis and reporting.
Assignment 3: Personal Meaning Mapping Study (project team)
DUE: 11 April for class presentation, and submit by next class.
Project teams develop a mixed-methods approach to conduct a personal meaning map study with museums visitors about their selected exhibit topic. The data collection process requires an interview, survey and concept mapping activity.
Assignment 4: Design Probe / Experience Prototype Findings v1 & 2 (project team)
DUE: 25 April, 2 May Document and present to class museum field test findings
Each team will create design probe that explores some aspect of their concept in question with visitors -or- create a prototype that simulates aspects of the learning experience and key interactions involved. Probes and prototypes allows designers to show and evaluate their design with the active participation of the users in context.
DUE: 25 April (version 1) & 2 May (version 2)
Assignment 5: Exhibit Concept Learning Logic Model Poster (project team)
DUE: 2 May Table completed for class presentation
Create an evaluation logic model which outlines the intended learning objectives you envision for the exhibit experience you're creating; map these objectives to measurable indicators (e.g. increasing in understanding, engagement time, learning talk, behavior or attitudinal changes, etc.) and the methods you'd use to assess learning outcomes
Final Deliverable: Final Project Team Presentation and Inquiry Findings Brief
DUE: 9 May in class presentation; final documentation submitted by 5/12/15.
In the final class session, teams will present their design concepts and recommendations to an CMNH representatives, and an interested review panel. Each group should plan a 15 minute presentation that documents key insights gained during the design research process, The presentation should envision the cycle of engagement a learner (or group of learners) would experience and describe the intended engagement and learning goals for the exhibit and how they would be measured. Allow for an additional 10 minutes of discussion afterwards with questions from the class and the review panel.