Title

Tiger Strides: A History of Student Leadership at University of the Pacific

Lead Author Major

International Relations

Lead Author Status

Senior

Second Author Major

Psychology

Second Author Status

Senior

Third Author Major

Political Science

Third Author Status

Junior

Fourth Author Major

Music Education

Fourth Author Status

Senior

Fifth Author Major

Computer Science

Fifth Author Status

Senior

Sixth Author Major

History

Sixth Author Status

Sophomore

Format

Oral Presentation (Research Day, April 30)

Faculty Mentor Name

Lisa Cooperman

Faculty Mentor Department

University Libraries

Additional Faculty Mentor Name

Keely Canniff

Additional Faculty Mentor Department

University Libraries

Additional Faculty Mentor Name

Niraj Chuadhary

Additional Faculty Mentor Department

University Libraries

Additional Mentors

Jennifer Helgren, jhelgren@pacific.edu, Department of History; Robin Imhof, rimhof@pacific.edu, University Libraries; Marie Lee, mlee2@pacific.edu, Department of Art, Media, Performance & Design; Edie Sparks, esparks@pacific.edu, University Libraries; William Swagerty, wswagerty@pacific.edu, Department of History; Mike Wurtz, mwurtz@pacific.edu, University Libraries

Abstract/Artist Statement

In just five weeks, a project based learning fellowship of six students created Tiger Strides, an augmented reality smartphone app which aims to connect the study of local history to a wider audience through technology and placemaking. We explored the question “How has student leadership led to changes in equity, access to higher education, and civic engagement?” We utilized our historical research skills in the University’s Special Collections as we searched through primary sources, including the student newspaper, photographs, and promotional material spanning decades. Through this research, we showcased examples of student leaders pushing the boundaries of dialogue at Pacific. Built using Unity game engine, with graphic assets designed on Adobe software, the app was originally developed for Android and then made compatible with iOS devices. We connected our abstract historical research to the digital world using modern technology; the app utilizes the smartphone camera, GPS, and audiovisual elements to create an immersive experience. One site on the tour showcases original 3D art that we created using the virtual reality painting application “TiltBrush”. To connect classmates past and present with these findings, the fellows designed, developed and published an app which features an augmented reality walking tour of selected campus sites. Throughout the guided tour of campus, app users stop at notable sites where students demonstrated a commitment to social change and used their leadership abilities. The smartphone app guides users through videos, audio narratives, and images of historical events. Our research showed that this is the first phone application of its kind. With the support of knowledgeable Pacific faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines, we completed and published an accessible phone app that all campus visitors are welcome to experience.

Location

Yosemite Learning Lab, William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center

Start Date

30-4-2022 10:00 AM

End Date

30-4-2022 10:19 AM

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Tiger Strides: A History of Student Leadership at University of the Pacific

Yosemite Learning Lab, William Knox Holt Memorial Library and Learning Center

In just five weeks, a project based learning fellowship of six students created Tiger Strides, an augmented reality smartphone app which aims to connect the study of local history to a wider audience through technology and placemaking. We explored the question “How has student leadership led to changes in equity, access to higher education, and civic engagement?” We utilized our historical research skills in the University’s Special Collections as we searched through primary sources, including the student newspaper, photographs, and promotional material spanning decades. Through this research, we showcased examples of student leaders pushing the boundaries of dialogue at Pacific. Built using Unity game engine, with graphic assets designed on Adobe software, the app was originally developed for Android and then made compatible with iOS devices. We connected our abstract historical research to the digital world using modern technology; the app utilizes the smartphone camera, GPS, and audiovisual elements to create an immersive experience. One site on the tour showcases original 3D art that we created using the virtual reality painting application “TiltBrush”. To connect classmates past and present with these findings, the fellows designed, developed and published an app which features an augmented reality walking tour of selected campus sites. Throughout the guided tour of campus, app users stop at notable sites where students demonstrated a commitment to social change and used their leadership abilities. The smartphone app guides users through videos, audio narratives, and images of historical events. Our research showed that this is the first phone application of its kind. With the support of knowledgeable Pacific faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines, we completed and published an accessible phone app that all campus visitors are welcome to experience.