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Informatics team on mission to help Greek island promote tourism, culture and sustainability


June 25, 2012

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Susan Tennant, assistant professor of media arts and science in the School of Informatics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and eight of the school’s students have embarked on a four-week mission to Paros, Greece. Their objective is 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 will return at the end of June. 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 intercultural 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 as part of IUPUI’s RISE Initiative.

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