Placeable: Place-based mobile learning experiences

The Placeable project supports the development of a mobile, place-based learning platform that is modular and customizable for small to medium cultural organizations. Our pilot project site at The Wassaic Project, a multi-disciplinary cultural center located in rural Dutchess County, New York, provides arts and humanities learning fostered through local school and community participation. We are currently seeking funding for a place-based hackathon, an intense problem-solving design methodology, wherein a diverse group of participants (scholars, developers, curators, educators) work on-site at a cultural institution to create a strategic plan for developing the Placeable platform.

The project is lead by Aaron Knochel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Art Education and Amy Papaelias, Assistant Professor of Art, both at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Dr. Knochel's research focuses on education and media arts production for civic engagement both through the arts and through network connectivity. Professor Knochel was chosen as a 2011 Digital Media and Learning Summer Research Institute Fellow funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Professor Amy Papaelias’s research explores interactive typography and design methodologies in the digital humanities. She is the lead visual designer for Serendip-o-matic, the serendipitous search engine developed during the NEH-funded One Week | One Tool: A Digital Humanities Barn Raising at CHNM (2013).


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IT staff
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We are looking for collaborators with interest and expertise in open-source platform development, mlearning, community partnerships, cultural heritage and digital humanities scholarship who would be willing to participate in the place-based hackathon (pending funding, Fall 2014) in Wassaic, NY (accessible by train from NYC). The collaborators would also be willing to promote and encourage participation in the hackathon to their larger network of peers. Given the location of the proposed hackathon and our place-based ethos, we are interested in folks situated near New York City and the surrounding region. However, we welcome collaborators beyond the region as well.
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