[j61] Yiannoutsou, N., Avouris, N., (2012). Mobile games in Museums : from learning through game play to learning through game design, ICOM Education, vol. 23 (2012), pp. 79-86, available from http://ceca.icom.museum/node/203 (authors' pdf)
This paper investigates aspects of learning in museums through mobile games, i.e games that are played usually by groups of players, using mobile devices that allow interaction with the space and the exhibits and physical mobility of the players. It is argued that playing these games (which usually follow the pattern or scavenger hunt or role playing narratives), results in visitor engagement, motivation and knowledge about museum exhibits. Despite of these positive aspects, it has been observed that learning remains at the level of transfer of factual information about the exhibits. It is argued that in order to enrich the learning experience of game play we need to involve the visitors also in the process of designing mobile games for the museum.