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Abstract Title: Exploring the different social learning environments of online and in person planetarium shows
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: The Big Astronomy Project released a planetarium show during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. This resulted in a planetarium show that was streamed as a 360-degree YouTube stream and then shown in-person at planetariums after. This provides an opportunity to compare and contrast various aspects of learning across two modalities. One such aspect we can study is the social aspects of learning between the two. Using frameworks such as the contextual model of learning and the Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) we explore through audience interviews and survey responses how social norms and expectations are different and how that impacts audience engagement. Areas of focus include expectations of how much people should or should not talk during a show, who people watch and discuss the show with afterward, and an analysis of the live chat function of a YouTube stream.
Session Time: Poster Session 3
Poster Number: III-66

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jesica Trucks
Abrams Planetarium, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
and Co-Presenter(s)
Shannon Schmoll, (She |Her | Hers ), Abrams Planetarium, Michigan State University

Katie Hinko, (She | Her | Hers), Lyman Briggs College/Department of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University