Saturday, February 20, 2010

Fort Vancouver Mobile: RQ (2nd draft)

Here's another attempt at my dissertation research question (with guidance from, among others, Dr. Rich Rice):

What constitutes the best practices of mixed reality design when blending mobile interactive narrative with location-based historical interpretation? In what ways do these practices impact users?

What do you think? ... Still seems a bit wordy to me, with too many adjectives and clauses. Might also still be too broad. I would like to make it more concise and direct. Will keep working on it.


Dene Grigar said...
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Dene Grigar said...


Some thoughts:

Do you really want to talk about "design" or are you talking about content development?

"Location based historical interpretation" is very vague rather than broad. You are really asking how you can create the best digital content for locative narratives for historical facilities that an audience will find both compelling and informative, right?

I am wondering if what you are trying to get at is how interactivity that comes from spatially oriented technology like GPS impacts interpretation of historical data––what *does* the 4th dimension add to our understanding of history? I do not think anyone is asking that question, but it is a potent one because history is a time based discipline and imbuing time on to interpretation of historical data does add a very interesting layer to it.

Rich said...

Are you going to have a new draft for the Friday MOOting with other grad students?

Think about if you're analyzing interpretation or analyzing motivation to seek new knowledge or interact more. Those are different areas: interpretation is more about strategies to achieve knowledge or truth; motivation is more about interaction.