Schoolchildren Designing Mobile User Experiences at Heritage Destinations was a collaborative mobile user experience design project between Allendale Columbia School, Genesee Country Village & Museum and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The goal of this project was to give schoolchildren the opportunity to be designers, rather than consumers, of mobile technologies. The schoolchildren participated in four distinct project phases.
Four distinct PROJECT PHASES:
- Collaboration – Schoolchildren participated in the ideation phase of new user experiences at heritage locations and principles of storytelling.
- Design – Schoolchildren were taught basic user-centered design techniques, wrote their own visitor story scripts according to their design strategy and learned about geo-locating multimedia content to physical spaces.
- Production – Schoolchildren performed and acted out their visitor story scripts for video production, later to be used for augmented reality geo-curation.
- Evaluation – Schoolchildren evaluated their own heritage scripts. Schoolchildren were able to pilot test their heritage stories before the formal usability evaluation with public school children.
The mobile user experiences designed by the schoolchildren of Allendale Columbia School was evaluated by public schoolchildren participating in annual field trip events to Genesee Country Village and Museum in the spring of 2014.
This project leverages the mobile technologies designed and developed under a 2013 New York Council on the Arts Grant, Mobile Experiences for Tourism Project.