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Designing Websites for Learning and Enjoyment: a Study of Museum Experiences

Lin, Chao-Hung (Aleck); Gregor, Shirley

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This study reports on an exploratory research study that examined the design of websites that encourage both learning and enjoyment. This study examines museum websites that offer educational materials. As part of their mission, most museums provide the general public with educational materials for study and enjoyment. Many museums use the Internet in support of their mission. Museum websites offer excellent opportunity to study learning environments designed for enjoyment. Computer-supported...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorLin, Chao-Hung (Aleck)
dc.contributor.authorGregor, Shirley
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:23:19Z
dc.identifier.issn1492-3831
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/20614
dc.description.abstractThis study reports on an exploratory research study that examined the design of websites that encourage both learning and enjoyment. This study examines museum websites that offer educational materials. As part of their mission, most museums provide the general public with educational materials for study and enjoyment. Many museums use the Internet in support of their mission. Museum websites offer excellent opportunity to study learning environments designed for enjoyment. Computer-supported learning of various types has been studied over the years, including computer-aided learning, computer-aided instruction, computer-managed learning, and more recently, learning via the Internet. Some relevant work appears in the literature on pleasure; however, the concept of online learning for enjoyment - specifically when learning is not part of a formal instructional undertaking - has not been well studied and thus is not well understood. This study seeks to redress this gap in the literature, specifically 'learning for enjoyment,' by reporting on a number of semi-structured in-depth interviews with museum and educational experts in Taiwan. Our study identified a number of characteristics required of online learning websites, and we conclude some suggested guidelines for developing an online learning website for enjoyment.
dc.publisherAthabasca University
dc.sourceInternational Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
dc.source.urihttp://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/issue/view/25
dc.subjectKeywords: e-learning; Enjoyment; Learning; Museum; Website design
dc.titleDesigning Websites for Learning and Enjoyment: a Study of Museum Experiences
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume7
dc.date.issued2006
local.identifier.absfor080614 - Pacific Peoples Information and Knowledge Systems
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4319152xPUB13
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationLin, Chao-Hung (Aleck), College of Business and Economics, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationGregor, Shirley, College of Business and Economics, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage21
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T09:15:07Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-33845787439
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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