The Project ROUTES was originally from the Winter of 2011 History 150D Japanese Empire Course taught by Professor Alan Christy. The unique structure and experience of the overall course inspired 30 students to continue on with the project for the next year and a half. We were a collective group that all shared connectivity to the story, and thrived off of a personal relationship with the learning process. Out of this project came a trip to Japan, a rough archive of biographical research and an epiphany about challenging the status quo of the learning experience.
ROUTES is being designed to bring the stories that help shape history, but are left by the wayside in the global narrative. Through the use of multi-media, the app connects individual stories together to show the impact that one event has upon others. It is meant to challenge the current structure of education where the student is a recipient of education and instead get students engaged into the research. Through our work, we hope to show our determination to bring digital learning to the forefront of education when it seems that textbook prices are on the rise, classrooms are getting bigger, and it’s getting more expensive.