Co-Designing AI Literacy Exhibits for Informal Learning Spaces

Duri Long, Takeria Blunt, Brian Magerko

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AI is becoming increasingly integrated in common technologies, which suggests that learning experiences for audiences seeking a "casual"understanding of AI-i.e. understanding how a search engine works, not necessarily understanding how to program one-is an increasingly important design space. Informal learning spaces like museums are particularly well-suited for such public science communication efforts, but there is little research investigating how to design AI learning experiences for these spaces. This paper explores how to design museum experiences that communicate key concepts about AI, using collaboration, creativity, and embodiment as inspirations for design. We present the design of five low-fidelity AI literacy exhibit prototypes and results from a thematic analysis of participant interactions during a co-design workshop in which family groups interacted with the prototypes and designed exhibits of their own. Our findings suggest new topics and design considerations for AI-related exhibits and directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number293
JournalProceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction
Issue numberCSCW2
StatePublished - Oct 18 2021


  • AI education
  • AI literacy
  • co-creativity
  • co-design
  • collaboration
  • creativity
  • embodiment
  • informal learning
  • participatory design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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