September 15, 2011

Journal of Interpretation Science Article Discusses HPWREN LIVE Activities at National Park Sites

By Kimberly Mann Bruch, HPWREN/ANR

The Journal of Interpretation Research recently published an article regarding the HPWREN LIVE team's work with two National Park Service sites. The article focuses on explorations involving a Native American Earth Lodge and a Hawaii Volcanoes Site.

The article, entitled Evaluating the Effectiveness of Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) Involving a Hard-to-Reach Native American Earth Lodge and a Pacific Island Volcanoes Site, examines the impact of LIVE activities that take place at sites like the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Hans-Werner Braun and Kimberly Mann Bruch collaborated with Susan Teel of the National Park Service, Southern California Research Learning Center, on the article and the abstract is as follows:

For several years, National Park Service scientists, historians, and educators have been working with National Science Foundation-funded High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN) researchers on developing, implementing, and evaluating Live Interactive Virtual Explorations (LIVE) at several sites. The LIVE activities utilize computers with headsets and microphones to link National Park Service sites with an array of audiences. The two case studies in this paper examine the effectiveness of LIVE activities that allow Washington, DC, inner-city youth to explore two hard-to-reach National Park Service sites: Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in North Dakota and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Full text is available here.

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