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Posted by A. D'Alba January, 2011


Advances: The objective of the trip to Toluca, Mexico was to collect data for the research project. The personnel from the UAEM already had selected a random group of students that accepted to participate on the research. The only requirement for the volunteers was to not have previous knowledge of the museum exhibition, and to be undergraduate students. I had a meeting with the students the first day of the data collection to divide them in two random groups. We had 18 students participating in this pilot study.
All of them took a learning outcomes pre-post test to know their knowledge about the exhibition topic (The Minotaur myth). Later on, the first group went to the museum to take the guided tour. After they finished the guided tour, they took the pre-post test again. Also, they took the satisfaction survey to measure levels of satisfaction of the guided tour.
The second group used the virtual environment. This process was individual and was recorded in video. The comments from the students using the environment will be part of the qualitative research of usability. After they finished the virtual tour, they took again the learning outcomes pre-post test, and took the virtual environment satisfaction survey.
On the second day of research the group that went to the museum now used the virtual environment, and the group that used the virtual environment the first day, went to the museum and took the guided tour. Both groups answered again the learning outcomes pre-post test. This pre-post test will allow us to measure learning outcomes and differences in them, while using the two different environments.
On the Third day of research all the students were individually interviewed to ask them about their experience and opinion on experiencing the two environments. These interviews were video recorded and will be part of the qualitative research.
The last day of the research, we reunited again with all the students and we explained to them the purpose of the research. We asked them to give us their opinion about the research process. We also had the person who facilitated the guided tours, and the director of the museum in that meeting. We gathered really interesting comments about this process, the visits to the museum, and the usage of the virtual environment.
This research process and data collection took 4 days to complete. Everything was recorded on video and photographs.



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