Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Technology Studies

Committee Member

Shinming Shyu

Committee Member

Jiang Lu

Committee Member

James Stein,


This research study explores the role of user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) in educational spaces: museums, science centers, galleries, libraries, and classrooms. This study examines the effects of enhancing displays in learning spaces and focuses on users’ interactions and experiences. This project observes the effectiveness of learning modes and styles applied in different museums and focuses on the users’ experiences in an educational environment, which was measured through student users’ impressions, behaviors, and performance. It was hypothesized that students would retain more information through the experience. The concepts covered included using UX/UI on websites and small devices. Results for hands-on learning showed that users benefit from the use of experiential devices and objects and are more engaged than the users in an environment with classic repetitive on-wall display. This study developed strategies that could be applied to enhance learning experience in educational displays.