Learning from insects? Toward supporting reflective exploration of unfamiliar areas of interest

Leug, Christopher P., Goth, Christoph, and Bidwell, Nicola J. (2006) Learning from insects? Toward supporting reflective exploration of unfamiliar areas of interest. In: Proceedings of the 7th Annual Conference of the NZ ACM Special Interest Group (158), pp. 91-97. From: 7th Annual Conference of the NZ ACM Special Interest Group, 6-7 July 2006, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Abstract

First experiences with a mobile information system aimed at supporting reflective exploration suggest that the device's visualization of past activities and, in particular, the routes taken helps participants orientate themselves and plan the next steps of their explorative activity. Drawing from insect navigation research we provide a preliminary explanation of some intriguing behavioral observations made during deploying mExplore as a technology probe. We also speculate about using mobile information systems to help visitors conduct "learning flights" and thus help them better understand the environment they are exploring by helping them recognize the varying visual impressions of landmarks from different perspectives. This work thus links in a unique way work on mobile information systems in tourism and other information-oriented areas to insect navigation research and (human-oriented) research into landmark salience and its use in ego-centric navigation.

Item ID: 4259
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: design; usability; usefulness; experimentation; human factors; navigation
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ISBN: 978-1-59593-473-4
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2009 05:30
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified @ 25%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950205 Visual Communication @ 51%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 49%
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