ERIC Number: ED345893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Yugtarvik Museum Project: Using Interactive Multimedia for Cross-Cultural Distance Education.
Sponder, Barry; Schall, Dennis
Academic Computing, p6-9,42-44 Apr 1990
Teachers and students at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks developed an interactive Macintosh-videodisc program that features the exhibits of the Yugtarvik Yup'ik Eskimo Museum in Bethel, Alaska. The exhibits teach people about many aspects of traditional Alaska Native culture. The videodisc program carries both Yup'ik and English audiotracks, making it useful for bilingual audiences. Apple's HyperCard program allows users to develop stacks of index cards on a computer screen that can be manipulated and programmed in many creative ways with a minimal amount of technical knowledge. It also can be interfaced with interactive multimedia such as videodiscs. Funding for the project was difficult to obtain because of lack of university support. Eventually a company that was developing a commercial videodisc for tourists offered unused time on their videodisc. University students who were enrolled in a course on using computers in schools developed HyperCard stacks based on the Bethel Yugtarvik Museum's displays and added animation using VideoWorks II and Studio 1 software. A media specialist videotaped exhibits at the museum, and the edited version was converted to a videodisc. The Hypercard stacks and the videodisc were connected using a Mac Plus computer and a Pioneer 4200 videodisc player. The Yup'ik computer applications are prepared for placement in rural Alaska villages to augment college distance education courses throughout the state. (KS)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Apple Macintosh; Yupik Eskimos
Note: This journal is no longer published.