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Plan goal: Explore the creative use of information technology
in learning and teaching

  Robert Schwartz, professor of history, will work with students to create an interactive atlas of the campus from its origins to the present.
When history professor Robert Schwartz's new atlas goes live on the Internet in 2004, the history of the campus will be open to exploration through maps, photos, and the evocation of memories--all with the click of a mouse. Digital, interactive, and engaging, the historical atlas will chart the evolution of the campus and its memorable places from the founding of the College to the present day, using state-of-the-art geographic information systems technology to visualize, interpret, and connect maps, pictures, and texts. Despite all the technology, "this is a humanized atlas," says Schwartz. "On digital maps of various periods, we'll create links, for example, between Lower Lake and Skinner Green, with alumnae memories of these places, which, like Wordsworth's 'spots of time,' can be recalled and reimagined."

This fall, students will help produce the atlas in Schwartz's new course, Mapping the Memorable: A Cultural and Environmental History of the Mount Holyoke College Campus. Working in teams, they will create components of the atlas by bringing together images, documents, and streaming video recordings of alumnae interviews in specially designed Web pages that link to the atlas's cartographic features. In a collaborative effort, Schwartz will build the atlas's computer cartography in the GeoProcessing Laboratory with the assistance of Thomas Millette, associate professor of geography and director of the Center for Environmental Literacy, and Chris Hayward, the center's lab director. For the historical materials and memories, he is working with Peter Carini, director of archives and special collections; Aime DeGrenier and Rob Primmer, Library, Information, and Technology Services instructional technology consultants; reference librarian Bryan Goodwin; and Nancy Lech of the Alumnae Association.

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