why we need more projects like the ucla keck digital cultural mapping project

A Fox News map mistakenly labels Iraq as Egypt

A Fox News map mistakenly labels Iraq as Egypt

statistics tell us that u.s. students are some of the worst in the world at geography. because the u.s. is so big, and because so few americans travel abroad, americans are not as exposed to physical geography as citizens of other countries, and are therefore not as good at the subject. however, help is coming to students in southern california. led by diane favro, todd presner, jan reiff, and willeke wendrich, the keck digital cultural mapping project at ucla seeks to remedy this lack of geographical knowledge in part by using new mapping technologies to expose students to issues of geography and culture.

Digital Cultural Mapping teaches students to use new technologies to investigate and map a wide-range of cultural, historical, and social dynamics.

if you need further evidence why this cultural mapping project is so important, see the fox news graphic to the right.

ucla center for digital humanities and second life

Second Life is used to give a lecture on the use of Second Life as a medium for teaching university students

Second Life is used to give a lecture on the use of Second Life as a medium for teaching university students

carina gonzales has written a great piece highlighting the use of second life at ucla entitled, ‘teaching and learning in a 3d virtual universe.’ the article describes a paper given by leigh harris, distinguished lecturer at ucla writing programs and dr. annelie rugg, director of the ucla center for digital humanities, which outlined the goals of the center for digital humanities (cdh) at ucla, how the project came about, and professor harris’s experience as an educator in second life.

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