Red, not dead

8 11 2011

No need to mourn: despite the prolonged lack of activity on this blog, it’s not dead, but has gone red instead. Since July I’ve been working on a new JISC-funded learning and teaching initiative, the SCARLET project (Special Collections using Augmented Reality to Enhance Learning and Teaching). The project is a collaboration between academics in Italian, English, and Ancient History at the University of Manchester, the John Rylands Library, Deansgate, and MIMAS, the University’s research computing unit.

We’re drawing on the astounding Special Collections at Deansgate to create an augmented reality app which will support new learning and teaching activities. The idea is to surround the physical object (such as an incunable Dante edition, seventeenth-century editions of Paradise Lost, ancient Greek papyri) with a range of digital assets, and then pilot and evaluate the app’s use in teaching during the academic year 2011/12.

The project is being documented as we go along: for the original project spec, see our JISC page; and for more details, the recent MIMAS news item. All of the project participants are also blogging on the Team Scarlet project blog, and you can also follow us on Twitter as @team_scarlet.


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