Fieldtrip empowers content experts, so that they can produce new online e-case studies, with limited support from computer and media production specialists.

It is based on the recent Web developments in terms of new technologies as well as the ways in which people are using them. This evolution that has come to be known as Web 2.0.

One of the main ideas behind this concept is that of moving away from an Internet in which the majority of users are only consumers of information (read only web), towards a new model in which the majority of users are both consumers and producers of information (read/write web).

Fieldtrip will be utilized to create a library of case studies. Each case study includes a group of events that happened at a specific time, associated with a variety of information resources.

Within the case study, each event has a defined place (on Google maps) and a time (on a timeline) on which it occurred. The story for each event can be told through a combination of text and media elements (photo, animation, audio or video from YouTube or some similar service). In this way, it is possible to construct the geographic and historical context for the case study.

In addition, information resources can also be included to illustrate, expand, put in context or give scientific grounding to the story narrated in each event. The resources can be media, texts and hyperlinks.

Designed for students, researchers and educators in the tertiary education (graduate and post-graduate) and for professionals and practitioners. The users of Fieldtrip have three potential roles – students/ readers, teachers and authors. New potential Fieldtrip producers.

Design and Technology
Ruby on Rails, Ajax, YouTube, Google Earth, Flash

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Project Title
Library of e-Case Studies and Documentaries

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