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Using digital narratives to support the collaborative learning and exploration of cultural heritage

Mulholland, P. and Collins, T. (2002). Using digital narratives to support the collaborative learning and exploration of cultural heritage. Proceedings of the 16th International Workshop on Database & Expert Systems Applications (DEXA) pp. 527–531.

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Cultural institutions increasingly see the need to play an important role in the lifelong learning of citizens. Recent trends, particularly in science museums, have been toward supporting visitors to actively learn rather than passively receive information. We propose how narrative can be used within the design of new technologies to support lifelong learning in a cultural setting. Narratives can be used to construct explanations and make sense of the world. Narrative is also central to collaboration and the building of community identity. Heritage collections, whether held privately or curated by a cultural institution convey narratives. Our conceptualisation of narrative, learning theory and curatorial practice indicates that new technology in the cultural domain should: support active interpretation; help reveal the context and process underpinning cultural artifacts; support learning and creativity; and address the challenge to provide an experience that is both entertaining and educational.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2002 IEEE
ISSN: 1529-4188
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetEU IST funded CIPHER project, IST-2001-32559
Extra Information: Proceedings 13th International Workshop
INSPEC Accession Number: 7468657
Keywords: collaborative learning; community identity; creativity; cultural artefacts; cultural heritage exploration; cultural institutions; digital narratives; learning theory; lifelong learning; science museums
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 23742
Depositing User: Kay Dave
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2011 09:10
Last Modified: 28 May 2019 23:59
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