UMSI students win spot in iConference Social Media Expo

A team of UMSI students will be demonstrating their timeline project at iConference 2013, February 12-15 in Fort Worth, Texas, as a result of winning a place in the first-ever Social Media Expo.

UMSI students Yanqi Wu, Yanting Zhang, Ji Yang, and Xiaohan Yu formed a team to create Collaborative Timeline: Toward the Next Generation of History Learning, a site where scholars, students and history fans can collaborate on historical timelines. Once registered on the site, users can create their own timelines (making them private or public), add historical events, compare two timelines to draw historical connections between them, and play games that test historical knowledge.

“Collaborative Timeline makes history fun to learn and easy to illustrate, allows references between historical events and news in present time, enables users to view historical events through different perspectives and facilitates community formation and collaborative learning around history topics,” says team leader Yanqi Wu.

The Social Media Expo, sponsored by FUSE Labs of Microsoft Research, showcases exceptional interdisciplinary research and development work from information school programs specializing in social media. Prospective teams had to submit a four-page abstract and a short video on their project. A panel of independent judges from the iSchool community selected the best student projects and awarded $3,000 grants to attend the Expo.

Wu says the group is thrilled to be chosen to participate in the Social Media Expo and excited to experience “warm Texas! We are so excited to be somewhere that has a different culture and accent.” He adds that they are looking forward to putting their skills to use on a topic they are excited about.

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013