Susan Tennant, assistant professor of media arts and science, and eight School of Informatics and Computing students are embarking on a four-week mission to Paros, Greece. Their objective? To document the Greek island’s cultural heritage using digital media. Their work will include multiple short videos, photography and the creation of a virtual tour to be used by the island to promote tourism, culture and sustainability efforts.
The group left June 3 and will return the end of the month. Students participating are: Claire Barth, Ariana Casale, Robin Cantania, Nathan Cripe, Samantha Hale, Veronica Matthews, Matthew Misner and Sydney Willmann.
In addition to their digital media efforts, students are meeting daily to discuss assigned readings on Greek culture and history, project management and work-in-progress. They also get to enjoy afternoon or evening field trips about four times a week. Field trip destinations include museums, churches, archaeological sites, contemporary art galleries and cultural events.
Students walk away from this experience with an improved understanding and appreciation of:
• Expectations for new media and informatics professionals
• International and inter-cultural communication
• Working in team environments
• Utilizing personal skill sets to help underserved communities
This unique international service-learning course is offered by the School of Informatics and Computing as part of IUPUI’s RISE Initiative.
To view their website, visit: http://www.parosweb.com/