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Soc. Sci. 2014, 3(3), 499-513; doi:10.3390/socsci3030499

Gathering the Voices: Disseminating the Message of the Holocaust for the Digital Generation by Applying an Interdisciplinary Approach

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School of Engineering and Built Environment, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA, UK
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Education Enhancement, University of Strathclyde, 16 Richmond Street, Glasgow G1 1XQ, UK
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Received: 29 April 2014 / Revised: 19 June 2014 / Accepted: 13 August 2014 / Published: 27 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Media and Social Learning)
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The aim of the Gathering the Voices project is to gather testimonies from Holocaust survivors who have made their home in Scotland and to make these testimonies available on the World Wide Web. The project commenced in 2012, and a key outcome of the project is to educate current and future generations about the resilience of these survivors. Volunteers from the Jewish community are collaborating with staff and undergraduate students in Glasgow Caledonian University in developing innovative approaches to engage with school children. These multimedia approaches are essential, as future generations will be unable to interact in person with Holocaust survivors. By students being active participants in the project, they will learn more about the Holocaust and recognize the relevance of these testimonies in today’s society. Although some of the survivors have been interviewed about their journeys in fleeing from the Nazi atrocities, for all of the interviewees, this is the first time that they have been asked about their lives once they arrived in the United Kingdom. The interviews have also focused on citizenship and integration into society. The project is not yet completed, and an evaluation will be taking place to measure the effectiveness of the project in communicating its message to the public. View Full-Text
Keywords: learning innovation; Holocaust; multimedia applications; open education resources (OER) learning innovation; Holocaust; multimedia applications; open education resources (OER)
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Shapiro, A.; McDonald, B.; Johnston, A. Gathering the Voices: Disseminating the Message of the Holocaust for the Digital Generation by Applying an Interdisciplinary Approach. Soc. Sci. 2014, 3, 499-513.

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