Assignments

Practicum Exercises and Blogging (20%)

The online component of this course includes practicum exercises (see course outline for specific assignments). Those exercises must be completed and should be discussed in the blog post for the week.

Each student will be responsible for maintaining a personal blog using WordPress. Each week, students chronicle their practicum work for the course, the development of their major projects, and their reflections on the course readings. In addition, students should engage in social blogging by commenting on each others’ blogs and interacting on Twitter.

Before the second class go to WordPress and create an account and a blog. You may choose any title you like but I strongly recommend you select something that is both catchy and professional. Post an introductory message about yourself and then send me the URL of your blog so that I can add you to the course blogroll.

I will use student blogs as a place from which to begin our in class discussion. These blog posts should be at least 300 words, and are due on Monday for the week in question. Posts for all weeks are required, unless otherwise noted.

Attendance and Class Participation (20%)

Students should come to class prepared to engage with the material and their fellow students. Active participation in class discussion and exercises will serve as the minimum necessary to receive a passing grade for this portion of the course.

Project proposal (10%):  due October 30 via Moodle.  Provide a 2-3 description of your project topic and an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources that you will use to inform your work.

Project Presentation (10%): In class, Wednesday, December 11

Final Project (40%): due December 17 via Moodle

The final project for this course will be to create a mobile walking tour for Connecticut Communities, project of Connecticut Humanities and the Department of Economic and Community Development. Connecticut Communities is powered by the open source programs Omeka and Curatescape, a humanities-centered web and mobile framework available for both Android and iOS devices.

Before you begin your project:

Choose your location

Make sure it is in a safe and walkable area

Ask yourself:

1.     Is this tour route interesting?

2.     Is this tour historically significant?

3.     Can I interpret it well enough to make it matter to others?

If you can answer yes to these questions, it is time to write a detailed itinerary.

ITINERARY

Decide what you would like to cover on your tour, and its theme. Are you focusing on preservation? Architecture? Important events? Important people? (This can be a mix.)

Draft your stops on a map and go for a practice walk.

·     Are your sites accessible within a good amount of time?

·     Are they close enough together that the walker doesn’t lose interest?

·     Are they accessible to the public?

·     Do they clearly illustrate the point you are trying to emphasize?

After the practice walk, number your stops and sites and prepare a written itinerary.

Choose a good place for the first and last stops. Try arranging it in a loop, especially because this is a walking tour.

CREATE THE TOUR

Creating a tour: The Basics

Before you upload

1. Number of Stops

An ideal tour will have about 10 stops.

2. Introduce the tour stop

Ideally, the introduction will have 100 words and will succinctly describe the stop and its importance.

3. Images

Use of images can be everything from historic photos of the site, the people, primary documents, contemporary images, interior images, etc. Images help give the user context. All images must be attributed, and allow for a narrative. It is best to keep the narrative short.

4. Links to the World Wide Web

If there are appropriate links to the Web, please use them. Choose them wisely, however. Links to the web will take the user outside of the tour.

UPLOADING THE TOUR

Using Curatescape on the Omeka platform, upload each spot and its corresponding links and images. Geolocate each item, and create a collection. From the collection, create the tour and publish it. Once published, it will be visible to the public and downloadable on both iOS and Android platforms.

See examples and learn more:

Visit Connecticut Communities for more information on the project.

Visit Mobile Historical to learn more about mobile interpretation for the humanities.

Visit Curatescape to see examples of mobile tours throughout the US.

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