ActiveCampus EXPLORATION

Wireless Community Networking Applications (2002-present)
Producer/Director, Artistic Director of ActiveCampus Research Project. 
(William Griswold, lead P.I.)
ActiveCampus   /   ActiveCampus EXPLORATION
Launch Dates: Sept.21- 24, 2002

ARTIST’s STATEMENT

The ActiveCampus project aimed to provide location-based services for educational networks and understand how such systems could be used. Activeclass enabled collaboration between students and professors by serving as a visual moderator for classroom interaction. ActiveCampus Explorer used a person's context, like location, to help engage them in campus life.

OBJECTIVES

To enliven and awaken incoming UCSD students of the newly inaugurated Sixth College to a greater awareness and knowledge of UCSD's natural, social, and cultural resources.

To educate students to understand and express how art and technology are both the products and the creators of cultures

LOGISTICS

The Explorientation was carried out in small teams. Throughout their welcome week, students utilized the ActiveCampus Explorer - CHECK LINK (ACE) application, UCSD's campus-wide wireless network, and Hewlett Packard Jornada PDAs to navigate through a series of creative, intellectual and interpersonal challenges.

CHALLENGES

TRIGGER, TAG, AND TELL
Silkscreened flags near various campus student resources trigger an opportunity to "tag" the site, using ACE's digital grafitti function.

MYSTERY HISTORY
Students are challenged to navigate ACE's history layers to find clues to the lives & contributions of important UCSD alumni.

MAPROBATICS
Employing creative spatialization, icon customization, cooperation and ACE messaging, students arranged themselves into a visually compelling display. Think of it as "synchronized geolocating."

OFF_THE_GRID
The UCSD campus wireless network, though extensive, is not exhaustive. The "Off-the-Grid" challenge uses the "negative space" of non-wired areas as a footprint for investigation. Interview questions guide students in the gathering people's ideas about community, technology, and technology-enabled communities.

FINDER KEEPERS 
In this challenge, Students search building and floor plans for virtual icons that guide them to an envelope in physical space which contains a prize coupon.

IDEA CHALLENGE
What do students think would be fun to do with ActiveCampus? What type of educational uses might students imagine?

This project was sponsored by


Hewlett Packard
This project is supported by a major gift from the HP
corporation 

Cal-(IT)2
This project is partnered with the California Institute for
Telecommunications and Information Technology.

Additional technical assistance provided by Symbol, logistical support by MobilePlanet, SSL acceleration hardware by Intel, and access points from Intersil. Local technical assistance provided by UCSD FacilitiesLink, Network Operations, and David Hutches.

Adriene Jenik, 2016

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