How to Improve Online Learning Experiences

Online learning is far from new, but with social distancing requiremnets it has become the most viable option for knowledge exchange. As many instructors have learned, it is not easy to bring methods from in-person teaching into an online platform. Teachers may have the subject matter experience, but that experience is worth much less if […]

Conservation Considerations for Rock Art Research (2013)

With resilience to the elements and time, rock surfaces resulted to be the ideal canvas for lasting expressions of past cultures. They are also accommodating for additional vandalism, as some may define it, the effects of which survive indefinitely alongside original rock art. Unintentional damage often occurs in the recording of rock art. This paper […]

Preliminary Proposal for An Online Virtual Museum Collection

I put this proposal together as part of my final coursework for my Master’s Degree in Applied Anthropology. The original proposal was developed for a specific museum, but I reworked it a tad to be more broadly applicable. Introduction Virtual collections require special considerations apart from their physical form. Although some consider a virtual collection […]

The Relationship Between Applied and Theoretical Anthropologies

In their text on Applied Anthropology, Ervin emphasizes the “reciprocal relationship (Ervin 2005, 6)” between applied anthropologies and theory. Despite their inseparable interplay, the dividing distinction is often from direction. In classical, theoretical anthropology the topics are selected by researchers, usually relating to their personal interests. The applied direction on the other hand, can be […]

Ethical Othering in the Past and Future: An Anthropological Dilemma

Introduction In their article “Race, Racism, and the History of U.S. Anthropology,” Baker and Patterson argue that the development of the anthropological discipline has been fueled by issues relating to race and racism. Along with racist perspectives invading research historically, the discourse of anthropological discipline that attempts to counter these problems creates an unintended oversaturation […]

Noble, S. U. (2018). Introduction: The Power of Algorithms. In Algorithms of oppression: how search engines reinforce racism (Summary)

Noble’s book discusses how oppressive decisions are reinforced via algorithms. Since algorithms are programmed by developers, this shows a huge issue. Through multiple case studies, Noble shows that there are clear issues when it comes to what pages show up in searches related to race and gender. I think this text is an important wake-up […]

An Annotated Bibliography of Experience Research in Cultural Sites and Institutions

Armbrecht, J. (2014). Use value of cultural experiences: A comparison of contingent valuation and travel cost. Tourism Management, 42, 141–148. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tourman.2013.11.010 In this study, Armbrecht compares Customer valuation method (CVM) and Travel Cost method (TCM) to study which better assesses use value for cultural institutions. The author compared a concert hall and a museum. This […]

An Annotated Bibliography of Business Anthropology, User Experience, and Customer Experience Research Methodologies

Burgh-Woodman, H. de, & Brace-Govan, J. (2007). We do not live to buy: Why subcultures are different from brand communities and the meaning for marketing discourse. The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy; Bingley, 27(5/6), 193–207. https://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01443330710757230 This conceptual paper describes a literature review and case study that the authors utilized to inform a discussion […]

Old Questions, New Technology: Today’s Digital Historians

Over the past two decades, the internet has touched every aspect of our lives, changing how we shop, learn — even how we date. And while it represents technological progress and the promise of future innovation, it has also proven to be an invaluable resource for those interested in the past. Where genealogical researchers once […]

Digitizing the Heritage Experience

The concept of design thinking, taking into account how users interact with and experience a website or product in order to design a responsive experience, has become standard in the digital world. However, the concept of user experience is not a new concept, nor is it exclusive to sectors such as technology, design, and e-commerce. […]