History Speaker Series: Alternate Reality, Untextbooks, and the War of 1812: Experiments in Pervasive History EducationExport this event to calendar

Thursday, March 19, 2015 — 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EDT

Can you imagine a game in which the act of doing history – of collecting and interpreting evidence and constructing narratives – is both the goal and the reward? Can there be a game which actually gets students to explore museums, libraries, and heritage sites on their own time? And would students actually want to play it? A few historians at Western University set out to try to make one. Timothy J. Compeau, PhD candidate at Western, discusses his experiences in the last History Speaker Series talk of 2014-15.

Partial portrait of soldier with caption reading they're not telling you everything.

For the past several years, a team of researchers in UWO’s History Department have been experimenting with alternate and augmented reality games intended to help students explore the War of 1812 and develop critical historical thinking skills. In immersive adventures which spread across social media and real world spaces, or in augmented reality “untextbooks” which only tell part of the story, students reconstruct the pieces of history for themselves to solve a mystery, complete the game, and reconsider the official narratives presented during the recent bicentennial. In this talk Western’s Tim Compeau will share his experiences designing and running these games, and consider the potential of the emerging medium of augmented reality for history education.

Cost 
Free
Location 
HH - J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities
117- MacKirdy Reading Room
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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