Placeable: Place-based mlearning tool

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PLACEABLE is a mobile learning environment that engages student visitors and community members with contemporary art practices and local histories. Our prototype focuses on the Education Program at The Wassaic Project, a multi-disciplinary arts center located in rural Dutchess County, NY that fosters community and offers a supportive environment in which to create, present, and discuss contemporary art. In the first phase, SUNY New Paltz design students developed game concepts and prototypes for a mobile application that encourages visitors, artists and community members to document and share their experiences at the Wassaic Project.

Amy Papaelias
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August 30, 2013
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Placeable: A Place-based MLearning Platform for Community Engagement at The Wassaic Project, a multi-disciplinary arts and cultural center located in rural Dutchess County, NY.
At the beginning of the project, SUNY New Paltz students toured the Wassaic Project's exhibition and artist residency spaces with co-director Bowie Zunino.
In-class brainstorming / ideation to develop a visual and contextual vocabulary around the Wassaic community: the artists, local residents, workshop participants and festival goers.
Wireframe sketches by students Josh Angehr, Jihyun Lee, Lauren Myer, and Samantha Swayze. The team developed a series of missions that can be performed during the Wassaic Project's Summer Festival.
Future plans include a placed-based hackathon, inviting scholars, educators, developers, curators and community members to create a vision for building the tool. Photo courtesy of the Wassaic Project.

Art and humanities education faces a host of challenges that ask educators to leverage a great range of technological innovation while exploring deeper connections across curriculum. Increasingly limited budgets do not allow for robust, project-based curriculum in practice with community engagement.


Students developed thoughtful proof-of-concepts of gaming and learning environments that connected to the Wassaic's educational programming. Concepts highlighted the relationship between local history and contemporary arts practices through activities that engaged users in rich media production using mobile devices.