Designing an electronic guidebook for learning engagement in a museum of history

Yao Ting Sung*, Kuo En Chang, Huei Tse Hou, Pin Fu Chen

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Museums provide important avenues for lifelong learning, and using information and communication technology to maximize a museum's lifelong learning potential is a recognized issue. This study proposed a human-computer-context interaction (HCCI) framework as a guide for designing a mobile electronic guidebook for a history museum. To fulfill the goals of the HCCI framework, two strategies, problem-based inquiry and historical-context-embedded visiting, were used to implement a HCCI guidebook. To evaluate the effects of the HCCI guidebook, this study conducted an experiment to compare three visiting modes: Visiting with the HCCI guidebook; visiting with a worksheet; and visiting without any supplementary tools. Sixty-two college students participated in the evaluation of the HCCI guidebook in the Tang dynasty tri-color glazed pottery exhibition at the National Museum of History. The results showed that the students with the HCCI guidebooks had, on average, a longer holding time with exhibits than either students with paper-based worksheets or students without supplementary materials. However, there were no significant differences in the knowledge gained about exhibits among the three modes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-83
Number of pages10
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan


  • Guidebook
  • Informal leaning
  • Interactive learning environment
  • Life long learning
  • Mobile learning
  • Multimedia/hypermedia systems
  • Museum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • General Psychology


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