A New Concept for Mobile Environmental Education by Markus Ruchter

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Organized: The interpretive message should be presented in a way that is easy to follow, requiring little cognitive effort. This implies that the information is well structured and easy to memorize, which can be facilitated by keeping number of main ideas less or equal to five. 8 1. Introduction Nonetheless good interpretation should capitalize on the unexpected, flexibly connecting upcoming phenomena which are surprising but obvious to the visitor [129]. Explorative and constructive: Tilden [337] describes interpretation as a form of exploration since it is not intended to instruct people but to motivate a self-directed learning experience involving direct interaction with the presented phenomena.

As a consequence environmental interpretation distinguishes itself from traditional forms of formal education, which are frequently based primarily on facts. The goal of interpretation in contrast is to scaffold first hand experience and communicate a message. Thus the interpreter usually tells a story that generally includes a moral [129]. Based on the work of Tilden and many years of interpretive experience, Ham suggests that environmental interpretation needs to be (adapted based on Ham [129]): Pleasurable: Since interpretation is an informal EE activity targeted at a non-captive, media spoiled audience, it needs to be entertaining in order to hold the audience’s attention and make the experience memorable.

Tourists) do not want to spend their time configuring or learning an application. Rather, they want a tool that works ”out of the box” and supports them with their task of exploring a foreign city [260]. Interface metaphor Thus the virtue of an intuitive interaction is of particular importance in mobile guide systems. One crucial aspect in order to achieve an intuitive interaction is the selection of an appropriate interface metaphor. It should combine familiar knowledge with new knowledge in a way that will help the user understand the system [261].

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