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Northern Kentucky University Research Foundation (Highland Heights, KY 41099-0001)
Tamara F. O'Callaghan (Project Director: September 2013 to July 2017)
The Augmented Palimpsest: Engaging Students through AR Encounters with the Past

The development of tools that would allow students to access supplementary digital content alongside Geoffrey Chaucer's prologue to The Canterbury Tales using mobile devices.

The Augmented Palimpsest is a digital humanities tool that explores how the medium of Augmented Reality (AR) can be used in teaching medieval literature. Using Chaucer's General Prologue, the tool will deliver digital enhancements that emerge from the printed page via a smart device. They will provide the reader with linguistic, historical, and cultural contexts, thus giving students greater access to medieval material culture and history. The digital content will include 3D models of medieval artifacts and architecture, large and complex enough to be walked around and viewed from multiple angles. Because the enhancements emerge from the printed page, the tool will maintain a pedagogical emphasis on close reading while encouraging students to develop their skills in textual analysis, critical thinking, interdisciplinary study, and new media literacy. It will improve the reader's comprehension of the text by preserving the physical and kinesthetic connection to the text.

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Project fields:
British Literature; Medieval Studies

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Digital Humanities

$59,924 (approved)
$59,602 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2014 – 11/30/2016