Public Spaces Learning: A Preliminary Report on Multi User Single Environment (MUSE) in Museum

By Mohd Kamal Othman, Noranzatusy Syamami Nazri, Mohamad Hardyman Barawi and Teh Chee Siong.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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The MUSE (Multi User Single Environment) project is aim to study, design and evaluate a new type of system environment for people to work, learn and to support community informal learning in museums. The objectives of this study are to (1) Identify the relevant cognitive and social processes in collaborative learning situation and extraction of those factors into user requirements, (2) Design and develop a MUSE prototype based on Collaborative Virtual Environments (CVE) technologies, including realistic avatar representation and enhanced interactivity of avatars, (3) Evaluate the prototype using different learning styles and (4) Identify social learning processes involved in Virtual Environments (VE). To reduce cost, most current and operative CVE’s use the Internet and standard desktop PC to create a visual Virtual Environment (VE) that can be shared by a large number of users. This project discusses how informal learning in public spaces supported by the use of technology and how it affects the design of public spaces especially museum exhibits.

Keywords: Collaborative Virtual Environments, Museum, Public Spaces

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.29-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 594.099KB).

Mohd Kamal Othman

Lecturer, Department of Cognitive Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

Noranzatusy Syamami Nazri

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Sarawak, Malaysia

Mohamad Hardyman Barawi

Lecturer, Faculty of Cognitive Science and Human Development, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia

Teh Chee Siong

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Sarawak, Malaysia


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