LEADR at MSU - A Lab Approach to Digital Cultural Heritage in the Classroom

Author(s): Brandon Locke; Brian Geyer

Year: 2017


Founded in August 2014, LEADR is both a physical space and a curriculum development initiative established as a collaboration between the Departments of History and Anthropology, and Matrix at Michigan State University. Fully equipped with large screens for group work, computers, cameras, 3D printers and scanners, microcomputing equipment, and other technology, LEADR is well equipped to facilitate innovative digital cultural heritage instruction and project development. The decentralized learning space facilitates collaboration and openness, and encourages experimentation and play.

Sessions in LEADR create opportunities for students to take the content and methods that they have read and discussed in the classroom and apply them in hands-on experiences where they can build, experiment, and play, and then reflect on their experiences. Sessions focus on the critical use of digital sources, tools, technology, and digital storytelling, often with at least one visit aimed solely at "flipped classroom" style guided work time. These courses are intended to prepare students with the digital skills relevant to careers in the contexts of archaeology, graduate school, and as citizens in the digital age. This session will address LEADR’s approach to curriculum development and course objectives, including successes and failures over the last two years.

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LEADR at MSU - A Lab Approach to Digital Cultural Heritage in the Classroom. Brandon Locke, Brian Geyer. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431663)

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Abstract Id(s): 16252