Integrating Technology as an Interdisciplinary Approach to History and Culture

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This paper presents the integration of new technologies into a study of select historical sites within Michigan. The experimental approach blurs traditonal lines between new technologies and hands-on teaching by combining architecture, art history, digital photography, graphic design and web design to create a historically significant site for use by students on campus. Collaborative efforts include conventional research methods of literature review, on-site hand sketches, and photography, but also experimented with new 360 degree panoramic digital photography. The two dimensional digital imageries taken on-site will be converted to online movies of virtual tours. Viewers of the web site will be able to click on site images which will then be linked to the student research essays, online articles, bibliography and related online archives. Results suggest positive student learning experiences as well as advanced levels of investigation, comprehension, and engagement. The interdisciplinary approach is also an innovative pedagogical opportunity to expand the on-site learning experience to a virtual one for a broader audience.


Keywords: Interdisciplinary Approach, 360 Degree Panoramic Photography, Web Design, Mulitmedia Technologies
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Integrating Technology as an Interdisciplinary Approach to History and Culture


Jeanneane Wood-Nartker

Associate Professor, Department of Human Environmental Studies, Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI, USA

Jeanneane Wood-Nartker is an Associate Professor teaching Interior Design at Central Michigan University (CMU). Jeanneane has a M.A. in Facilities Management and Design from Michigan State University, a M.A. in Construction Management from CMU and a B.F.A. in Interior Design from Kendall COllege of Art and Design. Jeanneane is currently working on a PhD in Interior Design from the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis on designing supportive environments for elderly in assisted living facilities.

Julie Zuo

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Environmental Studies, Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI, USA

Julie Zuo teaches Interior Design at Central Michigan University. Julie has a M.S. in Architecture and a M.Des. in Digital Design from the University of Cincinnati. Julie's continued research focus includes Computer Aided Design, multimedia, and effective integration of new technologies within higher education.

Megan Hall

Student, Department of Human Environmental Studies, Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI, USA

Megan is majoring in interior design with minors in Art and Industrial Engineering and Technology: concentration in Construction Management. Megan's focus is on the integration of new technologies within her program work.

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