Digital Docents Evaluation: Engaging Museum and Library Visitors through Interactive Videoconferencing
2005 to 2008

Mote Marine Laboratory's Center for Distance Learning has asked CCT to evaluate a new program designed to help educators teach ocean science to visitors at museums and libraries across the nation. The Digital Docents program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will combine traveling exhibits with live, interactive videoconference programs created at Mote and shown at participating institutions (a partnership of libraries, science centers, aquariums, and a zoo extending from Alaska to Florida). During the 20- to 30-minute live shows, partnering organization visitors of all ages will have the ability to interact in real-time with educators from Mote, learning how ocean science relates to their environments. As part of its evaluation, CCT staff will develop a sets of surveys, both large-scale and feedback-oriented, to track program outcomes during program conferences, pilot testing, and the implementation of the first exhibit. CCT will also conduct informal observation and interviews throughout the development and implementation process. Findings will be used to create a comprehensive How-To Guide for libraries and museums wishing to employ the 'Digital Docent' model.


Harouna Ba (PI)