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FYS: Nature, Environments, and Place in American Thought

For the Spring 2014 semester, Chelcie Rowell worked with Lisa Blee (Assistant Professor in the Department of History) to incorporate a digital exhibit and interactive map into the first year seminar, Nature, Environments, and Place in American Thought. Over the course of the semester, students in this course will develop place studies and photo essays that critically examine relationships between nature and the built environment in a particular location. This digital exhibit and mapping project is being implemented using Omeka and Neatline and is supported by ZSR’s Technology Team, with whom Chelcie liaises on Lisa’s behalf.

Chelcie and Lisa met throughout Fall 2013 in order to envision how a digital exhibit and interactive map would support the learning outcomes of the course, as well as how the platforms of Omeka and Neatline would structure the place studies and photo essays that students would create. During Spring 2014, Chelcie will provide multiple instruction sessions in the course in order to demonstrate how to use Omeka and Neatline and will be available to meet one-on-one with students. At the end of the semester, Lisa and Chelcie will present about their collaboration in a Spring 2014 series of presentations sponsored by Wake Forest’s Digital Humanities Initiative.