A Request to Academic and Independent Scholars
from The History of Computing in Learning and Education Virtual Museum
We could use your help and your support, which should help us support your work.
A Mellon/CLIR grant is being offered to scan and digitize hidden collections, artifacts that have been overlooked or are difficult to access. We are making our collection of pioneering education technology artifacts available to researchers and the public, and this grant from CLIR and Mellon would greatly enhance our efforts. Proposal evaluators will be looking for evidence that the scholarly community wants access to our collection. A letter that demonstrates your interest in, and support for, HCLE would strengthen our proposal and also teach us more about what we should emphasize to increase our utility to you.
Our deadline for the preliminary proposal is the end of March, 2015. If you can work within that schedule, we’d like to include as many letters as we can. Should we be invited to submit a final proposal we can add additional letters through the end of May. If the History of Computing in Learning and Education isn’t a serious focus for you, please refer any other scholars or institutions to us that might be interested.
The proposal guidelines: http://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/applicants
Our wiki (aka the museum’s digital loading dock): http://hcle.wikispaces.com/
Much of the early work of introducing computers and computing into education and learning environments is documented via media that is not on archival materials, isn’t stored in organized collections, has never been digitized/scanned and has no associated metadata. This information is perishable, so there is an urgency to preserve these notes and publications. Even published journal articles are often inaccessible because they haven’t been scanned or are held by publishers who charge exorbitant prices. We want to make this history available for future studies.
As a society, we learned a new way to learn. How we learn and educate defines a civilization. The chronicles of the era from 1960-1990 need to be perused and studied so we can understand how we adapt and how technology affects that adaptation.
We thank you for your help.