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Kent State University (Kent, OH 44242-0001)
Richard E. Ferdig (Project Director: June 2019 to May 2022)

Digital Projects for the Public: Production Grants
Public Programs

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$175,000 (approved)
$165,161 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2020 – 6/30/2021

Social Engagement in Layers of History: Instant Creation of Universal Access to Humanities Content

Production of a website and on-site augmented reality tour of the Kent State University campus addressing the shootings on May 4, 1970.

This production grant builds upon the NEH-funded prototype project titled, “Layers of History: Experiencing May 4, 1970, and Its Legacy.” The prototype successfully used augmented reality (AR) to help campus visitors reflect on the Kent State shootings and their impact on American history. This proposal will build on the prototype to full production and dissemination with five key outcomes. First, events and themes related to May 4, 1970, will be broadened and enriched with additional stories and places of interest (e.g., downtown Kent). Second, the application will be visually enhanced to target multiple users and various mobile devices. Third, the 50th anniversary will be the impetus to provide AR application features accessible to off-campus users, reaching a wider audience across the country. Fourth, full evaluation will study the use of AR for humanities. Finally, the AR editor will be further developed to allow other humanities scholars to develop similar digital projects.