This presentation will explore these possibilities by focusing on a course offered as a partnership between the UCLA History Department, the Hypercities digital project at UCLA, Public Matters, a non-profit community based educational organization, and the Pilipino Workers Center that brought UCLA students together with community high school students to study, record and document Los Angeles’ Historic Filipinotown. Designed as a year-long project for the high school students and as a quarter-long research seminar for the UCLA students, the course brought students (and faculty) together on campus and in Historic Filipinotown. Students used digital technologies to record interviews and prepare videos. They used GIS and Google-based mapping techniques to create web-based tours and to deliver those tours on GPS based Nokia tablets. They relied on Moodle to communicate between participants at UCLA and at PWC. And, even though the course has ended, they are now creating an online exhibit of the research the two groups of students uncovered separately and together.
The success of this experiment, as well as the lessons learned, has led to the development of subsequent courses at UCLA that adapt and extend the model. The presentation will also consider these courses as well as selected courses at other institutions in exploring these new boundaries for engaging history in our expanding digital world.
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