A University of Canberra led project to guide the application of technology interaction in informal learning environments, such as galleries or museums, has won a prestigious research grant, announced today by Science and Research Minister Senator Chris Evans. The project Information systems theory for location based educational services in informal learning environments (LP120200818) is led by Professor in Service Management Byron Keating and has been awarded a $225,000 linkage project grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to better understand how location-based technologies can enhance learning in cultural institutions. Location-based technologies use knowledge about where a user –someone with a mobile device such as a smartphone or an iPad—is located in order to provide a more interactive experience. Three of Australia’s leading cultural institutions: National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of Australia and Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre will partner in the project. The project is a cross-disciplinary approach to research drawing on the collaborators’ expertise in service management, education and technology. Professor Keating’s colleagues in this project include University of Canberra Professor of Education Robert Fitzgerald and Professor in Information Sciences and Engineering John Campbell and the Australian National University’s Professor Shirley Gregor.
Creating technology enhanced learning experiences will be critical to the way we educate and engage with future generations. This project will seek to develop a stronger theoretical basis for understanding how location-based technologies can enhance learning outcomes of school students visiting three of Australia's leading cultural institutions.