Background of the Project

This project started with conversations between Professor Joy McCorriston, Department of Anthropology, the Middle East Studies Center, and the Office of Distance Education and e-Learning in 2014.  We were looking for a way to provide access to experiential cultural learning other than study abroad, as many constraints prevent students from experiencing the Middle East first-hand.  Our initial goal was to create an app that would give students access through their smartphones, but we concluded that a combination of existing tools could be used for the learning we envisioned.  Social Studies Education Professor Mehmet Acikalin has been a great partner, helping us to get our dream off of the ground.  He and his students have provided invaluable feedback, and continue to be instrumental in the development of the learning activities and future direction of the e-Portfolio template.

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