ExFiles: An Online Science Exhibit Community

January 1st, 2006 - December 31st, 2012 | PROJECT

Following their experience with the 2003 NSF-funded conference, "Best Practices in Science Exhibition Development," the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is creating for informal science education practitioners a dynamic online system, "ExFiles," for contributing to, using and conducting communications about a database on exhibitions. At least 1,000 practitioners are expected to use the site over the course of the three-year project, which will be sustained by ASTC after the grant period. The website is being populated initially with a set of at least 40 exhibitions representing a variety of scientific domains, sizes and interpretive and design strategies. Promotion of the site is being assisted by several associations: National Association of Museum Exhibitions, Association of Children's Museums, American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, American Zoo and Aquarium Association and the European Network of Science Centres and Museums.

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Project Products

Remedial Evaluation of ExhibitFiles
ExhibitFiles Summative Evaluation

Team Members

Wendy Pollock, Former Principal Investigator, Association of Science-Technology Centers
Wendy Hancock, Principal Investigator, Association of Science-Technology Centers
Kathleen McLean, Co-Principal Investigator, Association of Science-Technology Centers


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0540261
Funding Amount: 843984


Audience: Evaluators | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Education and learning science | General STEM
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Media and Technology | Professional Development | Conferences | Networks | Resource Centers and Networks | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media

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This material is supported by National Science Foundation award DRL-2229061, with previous support under DRL-1612739, DRL-1842633, DRL-1212803, and DRL-0638981. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations contained within InformalScience.org are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

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