CHESS presented at the Adler Planetarium, Chicago

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On July 2, 2013, Dr. Maria Roussou of the University of Athens gave a talk about CHESS, focusing on interactivity and learning and on the Cité de l'espace, at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago (the first planetarium built in the Americas, in 1930). The presentation was attended by staff and the President of the Adler.

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Museum education today: synergies and innovations between formal and non-formal educational contexts

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On June 28, 2013 Dr. Laia Pujol of the Acropolis Museum presented "A story for Nikos. Authoring personalized interactive storytelling at the Acropolis Museum" at the symposium "Museum education today: synergies and innovations between formal and non-formal educational contexts". The symposium was part of the 1st International Conference on Reimagining Schooling.


The presentation was proposed for the Best presentation of the Conference Awards.

Training curators and educators at the Acropolis Museum and the Cité de l'Espace

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In May 2013, several training sessions concerning the use of the CHESS Authoring Tool (CAT) were held for authors (curators and educators) at the Acropolis Museum and the Cité de l'Espace.

Users, who were non-technical, were guided through the entire authoring process and were able to provide feedback to the developers of the authoring tool, which is in a nearly final stage of development.

Trainees were very enthusiastic and enjoyed creating their first CHESS experience on their own.

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CHESS at the VIRTUAL ARCHAEOLOGY: Museums & Cultural Tourism Workshop

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The CHESS project will be presented at the VIRTUAL ARCHAEOLOGY: Museums & Cultural Tourism Workshop, to be held in Delphi Greece, September 25-28, 2013, as part of an invited keynote speech to be delivered by Maria Roussou of the University of Athens and representatives of the Acropolis Museum.

The 1st Call for Abstracts is out.

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Presentation of CHESS at the Cyprus University of Technology

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130204_cyprus_mroussou_podiumOn Monday February 4, 2013, Maria Roussou of the University of Athens presented the CHESS project to a full amphitheatre of the Cyprus University of Technology in Limassol, Cyprus. The talk, titled "Experiencing the Museum through digital stories for each visitor", was open to the public and attracted more than 100 attendees.

The event was publicised in national press and the Cyprus University of Technology's newsletter (page 10, in Greek).

Usability and User Experience evaluation at the Acropolis Museum

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The formative evaluation efforts of the CHESS beta system continued before the holidays with a series of studies that took place at the Acropolis Museum in Athens.

On the 17th of December 2012, fifteen visitors of all ages participated in a full personalised storytelling experience in the Archaic Gallery of the Museum using the tablets provided to them. The story was about horses and their role in ancient Athens: "A horse and his friends are stuck in another time dimension. Will you help them find their way back to their time?". Thorough post-experience interviews were conducted.

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The next day, on December 18, the CHESS Authoring Tool prototypes were discussed and evaluated in a workshop with a group of museum authors.

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