Electronic Guidebook Research Project
Who was the Guidebook designed for?
How does the Guidebook system operate?
User Interface
How do people use the Guidebook?
What kinds of information does the Guidebook present?
  Executive Summary
Key Questions
Content Types
Media Format Preferences
Audience Preferences
Basic Affordances
Changes in User Behavior
Personalizing the Guidebook
More Studies
How did Explainers respond to Wi-Fi–enabled handhelds?
Exploratorium staff and collaborators conducted focused studies with teachers, staff, museum members and Explainers (teenage museum docents) to investigate what kinds of content were of interest to different groups of users. Researchers from HP Labs provided technological expertise throughout the development and research process.
As part of the development of the Electronic Guidebook, Metacourse, Inc. conducted a research study at the Exploratorium exploring uses of and reactions to the Guidebook’s content and interface. Exploratorium staff also conducted numerous interviews with users during the course of the project.
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