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Student Learning and the BLC Field School
October 4 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Presented by Arijit Sen (Architecture), Guha Shankar (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress), Chelsea Wait (Doctoral Student), Kaitlin Malliet (Graduate Student), Bella Biwer (Undergraduate Student).
How do we use the instantaneous accessibility and widespread availability of social and digital media tools in order to encourage research, learning and engagement?
This panel seeks to discuss this question with members of the DH community at UWM. We will showcase a case study where the use of new media and digital tools within a hands-on, field-based setting provides rich and enhanced conditions for student learning.
Every summer, the Picturing Milwaukee project engages doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students in collecting, analyzing and interpreting ethnographic data in local urban setting.
What begins as storytelling and story collection event leads to actions and interpretations around history, heritage and culture. This community engaged project encourages students to learn from real life conditions and cultural settings — and then act upon this knowledge.
Knowledge-production and engagement around culture, history, planning, and architecture often involves understanding and encountering, “wicked problems,” a term that refers to “a social or cultural problem that is difficult or impossible to solve for as many as four reasons: incomplete or contradictory knowledge, the number of people and opinions involved, the large economic burden, and the interconnected nature of these problems with other problems.”
Three students from different academic levels and two instructors will explore some learning moments from the field school where digital tools helped them sort through difficult ethnographic information. They will also discuss how new media allowed them to disseminate their findings to a wider audience within a very short time – thus encouraging talk-back and collaboration from various local stakeholders.