Director of New and Social Media for the National Park Service to visit

The Creative Media and Digital Culture (CMDC) program at WSUV will host a visit with John Tobiason, the Director of New and Social Media for the National Park Service, from December 11-14.

While visiting Vancouver, he plans on trying out the Fort Vancouver Mobile App (FVM) at the site, and as well as exploring future collaborations with FVM leaders Brett Oppegaard and Dene Grigar and the rest of the team. We are excited to have him here, and will post more details as they become available.

Fort Vancouver Mobile Project Featured at IDMAa

The ninth annual International Digital Media and Arts Association Conference (IDMAa), held in Savannah, Georgia, last week, included a talk by Brett Oppergaard, “Net Locality: Exploring New Ways of Storytelling and Learning with Mobile Devices at a National Historic Site.”

In his talk, Oppergaard described the advantages of using mobile technology to enrich the experience of visiting a National Park through his experience working on the Fort Vancouver Mobile Project. For example, the layers that an app can reveal help illustrate the layers of time and information in a given space. In testing the app, he found that people who used the app lingered at the site than longer than those with a brochure or with nothing. They also demonstrated more learning. It provided some meaningful validation for merits of the Fort Vancouver Mobile Project.

He finished by advising others designing apps to stay flexible, and don’t get hung up on the time something has taken. Sometimes, you have to scrap your work to come up with a better product in the long run.