The Virtual Observatory and the Roman de la Rose: Unexpected Relationships and the Collaborative Imperative
The notion that education liberates runs deep in the digital storytelling movement. Small wonder then that liberal arts educators take such an interest in the project. Anyone planning to use digital storytelling, however, faces a number of non-trivial challenges, some logistical, some pedagogical, some bureaucratic:
- How does one run/structure a workshop?
- Who are good candidates for participation?
- What tools should participants use?
- How, if at all, will the stories be published?
- What about copyrighted content?
- How might digital storytelling be incorporated into a syllabus?
- Can digital stories be 'scholarly'?
The Sistine Chapel was built in the 15th century and is decorated with frescoes by Michelangelo and other great painters of the Italian Renaissance.
In this Second Life recreation, the interior is depicted in great detail, while the exterior is an approximation. Unlike in the real-life chapel, here you can fly up to the top of a wall for a close inspection, look down at the inlaid floor, or even sit on a window ledge!
The lower tier of the chapel normally displays panels with painted draperies. On special occasions, these panels are covered with tapestries designed by Raphael. Here, you can click to show or hide the tapestries whenever you want.