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Friday, November 6 • 10:15am - 11:15am
You Aint Heard Nothing Yet! Unleashing the Power of the Audio Tour

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This session will make a provocative and persuasive case that audio tours have an unrealized, yet viable, potential for creating a new level of meaningful and memorable visitor experience. While many valuable augmentations to traditional audio and mobile tours have been developed in recent years, the true potential of high resolution, wide spectrum, spatially oriented and surround sound audio, in direct service of museum education and mission, has yet to be realized. Indeed, the quality of the personal museum audio experience lags well behind what is experienced and valued in home and movie theaters, and in the virtual worlds of video games. The possible outcomes of a superior audio experience include more deeply embodied experiences; stronger and more emotional connections leading to deeper and more generalizable long term learning and behavior change; less audio fatigue; more time spent with a tour on more objects; and, unleashed improvements in accessibility for the visually impaired. In other words, a better museum experience for everyone and increased use of a well accepted museum commodity. A pilot study evaluating these hypotheses is expected to be unveiled.

This session will bring together voices from the fields of psychoacoustics, cognitive science, audio engineering and equipment design, vr and gaming, useability design, museum interpretation and progamming; accessibility; and, program evaluation into a concise, informative session. It promises an aural awakening guaranteed to generate great discussions and ideas during the session, and in conversations to follow.

Speakers
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Sina Bahram

President, Prime Access Consulting, Inc.
Digital accessibility (covering interactives, apps, websites, policy, and strategy)
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Kate Haley Goldman

Principal, Audience Viewpoints Consulting
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Jason Reinier

CEO, Earprint Productions
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Leonard Steinbach

Principal, Cultural Technology Strategies


Friday November 6, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am
Minnetonka Hyatt Regency Minneapolis 1300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403

Attendees (47)