Integrating Technology as an Interdisciplinary Approach to History and Culture

By Lydia Stevens, Jeanneane Wood-Nartker, Megan Hall and Julie Zuo.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This paper presents the integration of new technologies into a study of select historical sites for Kindergarten through twelfth grade or for higher education within Michigan. The interdisciplinary experimental approach blurs traditional 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 and faculty. Collaborative efforts among educators, designers, and historians, often 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 were converted to online movies of virtual tours of those sites. Viewers of the web site are able to click on site images at http://www.ehs.cmich.edu/interiordesign/historicaldesign/index.htm which are 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 experimental 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, Multimedia Technologies

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp.107-112. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 651.958KB).

Lydia Stevens

undergraduate student, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI, USA

Lydia is a recent graduate from CMU. Lydia majored in interior design and minored in art. She is interested in pursuing graduate school in historic preservation.

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 older adults in assisted living facilities.

Megan Hall

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

Megan is a senior from CMU 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.

Julie Zuo

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

Julie Zuo is an Assistant Professor teaching 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.

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