Institut für die Pädagogik der Naturwissenschaften
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Media for Informal Learning in Museums (MILIM)

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The research project "Learning in museums: the role of media for the recontextualisation of objects" explored the potential of digital media for learning in natural science museums and exhibtions. The three-year interdisciplinary research project, running from January 2006 to December 2008, has been funded by the Leibniz Gemeinschaft as part of the "Pact for Research and Innovation".

The main research questions were:
  • How do digital media influence the perception and understanding of exhibits by museum visitors?
  • What consequences can we expect from contextualizing objects by means of digital media in terms of visitors' behaviors, communications, and cognitive processing?
  • The aims of this project were to
  • address questions relevant to museum practitioners,
  • contribute to the body of knowledge in the field of museum learning and
  • develop scientific methods for researching informal learning environments.
  • In addition, the findings allow to derive practical guidelines about how exhibitions and especially digital media elements can be evaluated, advanced and optimized with regard to their learning potentials.


    Prof. Dr. Stephan Schwan  
    Dr. Carmen Zahn