"It is a sense of place, an understanding of 'its character', which can only be constructed by linking that place to places beyond... What we need, it seems to me, is a global sense of the local, a global sense of place."
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The second button below will take you to the map to begin your journey, showing the route from the UW campus to the first landmark. If you are not starting from campus, you can click the first button to get Google Maps directions from your current location to the first landmark.
About This Project
Madison's East Isthmus: Paths to Change mobile learning module was created for the Introduction to International Studies (IS101) course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by Spring 2014 Mobile Cartography Seminar participants Brian Davidson, Julia Janicki, Vanessa Knoppe-Wetzel, Fei Ma, Rashauna Mead, Chelsea Nestel, Caroline Rose, Carl Sack, and Guiming Zhang under the direction of Professor Robert Roth, with the cooperation of International Studies Professor Stephen Young and Teaching Assistant Mario Bruzzone. Narration was written and performed by Stephen Young. Updates were performed 2014-2015 by Carl Sack; current version is 1.1. All site content is licensed Creative Commons 3.0 unless otherwise noted below. Questions or suggestions about the project should be directed to Stephen Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Rob Roth (email@example.com).
Map tiles are Mapbox "Outdoors" Tileset. Copyright Mapbox; data copyright OpenStreetMap Contributors.
Wisconsin Historical Society Archive (copyrighted, used with permission):
Carl Sack (2014, Creative Commons licensed):
Map icons (Labor, Transportation, Power, Housing): Julia Janicki
The below icons were acquired from The Noun Project and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution.
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When you enter the map, you will see a red route line leading you to the first landmark. On a mobile device, you may spread two fingers apart to zoom in to see more detail on the map; on a full-sized device, click or tap the + or - icons to zoom in or out. Follow the red route line to navigate to the landmark. To see your current location on a mobile device, tap the icon (not visible on desktop view). This will activate a blue GPS dot at your location the map. To save your battery, the GPS dot will disappear after ten seconds, but you may reactivate it at any time. Pay attention to your surroundings and use caution in locations marked with the icon, which you may click or tap to see a description of the hazard. Your destination is marked with a square red icon. After the first landmark, prior landmarks will be shown in gray. You can zoom directly to a landmark by choosing that landmark in themenu in the menu bar. Only landmarks that are currently active or that you visited previously will appear in the menu. Once you arrive, click or tap the landmark's icon. This will open that landmark's narration.
When you click on a landmark icon, you are presented with text box containing an image of the landmark and a brief overview of that landmark. Each landmark on the guided tour has a similar background description providing important context for understanding the place and responding to the slideshow prompts. Click Read Text Aloud to listen to an audio recording of the background description. Click the next > and < previous buttons to advance or review the text. When you have reached the end of the narration, clicking the next > button or the X in the top-right corner will close the narration window and open the slideshow prompts. You may reactivate the narration window at any time by clicking the menu button.
When the narration window closes after its first viewing for a given landmark, a slideshow with images and question prompts will open automatically. For each landmark, there are three thematic slides: Interdependencies, Inequalities, and Alternatives. Each prompt includes a pair of images comparing the landmark 'then' and 'now.' Use the slider between the images to compare the pair of images by swiping the slider back and forth. Use the white arrow buttons to change the slide. As you think about each prompt, take notes and photographs to support your visual essay. The final slide for each landmark is a button allowing you to Proceed to the Next Site, which then maps your route to the next location on the guided tour.
On a mobile device, you can always see your location by clicking the icon. If at any time you get disoriented navigating the Isthmus, click on one of the following links to navigate to the landmark using Google Maps:
If you notice a bug or other issue, please e-mail a brief description to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Once you’ve completed the walking tour, you need to arrange the notes and images you collected into a coherent, well-organized narrative. The main purpose of the photo essay is to explain how and why Madison’s east isthmus has been transformed through its interconnections with other places. As such, you need to demonstrate that you know what it means to develop “a global sense of place” (see the assigned article by Massey). A complete paper should be 2000 words long – approximately 6 pages, size 12 font, 1.5 spaced – and must contain the following:
Below are some questions to help you organize your essay into different subsections. Please note that these prompts are only meant to guide your essay – you don’t have to follow this outline exactly. However, your paper must have some sort of logical structure and you might find it useful to use 2 or 3 subheadings.
Deadline: Monday, May 4