Laura E. Smith

Associate Professor of Art History, Michigan State University

Chaco Canyon and Immersive Technology Pedagogy

Uncategorized / January 31, 2019 /

In October 2018, I made a day trip to Chaco Canyon after attending the Dine Studies Conference in Tsaile, Arizona. I brought one of my department’s new 360 degree cameras in order to create images that would encourage students to understand and experience of Chaco Canyon (850-1150CE) monumental architecture as a relational landscape.  This was my first time using such a specialized camera and I’m looking forward to creating this immersive experience for my students. My trip was made possible by my Adams Academy award stipend.

I have now developed, implemented, and published a lesson plan using these images. You can review and download it at:

Contact me or Shannon Schmoll at the Abrams Planetarium for use of the images or the Digistar scripts we used.

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