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Global Crossroads, developed by Second Story, is a large-scale environmental installation, located in the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, driven by content created within an accompanying web application. The project is an exciting example of how Oxy is using digital media and technological innovation to bring its student body together.

Presentation View in Global Crossroads

Presentation View is a tool for creating, editing, and previewing presentations from your Global Crossroads project. Content is arranged in Groups, which you can rearrange and title like chapters in your media essay. Group titles will appear on the Global Forum media...
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Resizing Images for Global Crossroads

Images can be uploaded to Global Crossroads for Image Resources, Data Resources, or Dispatches. It is important that images are properly sized, so that they will display well on the Global Forum media wall and the Global Crossroads web app. Mac computers have a handy...
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Creating Dispatches in Global Crossroads

A Dispatch is like a digital postcard, a short form media project in Global Crossroads consisting of a single media resource, such as a photograph or video clip, and a brief (140 character) accompanying message. It gives students and faculty abroad or out in the field...
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Creating Resources and Assertions in Global Crossroads

Resources and Assertions are the fundamental building blocks of project content in Global Crossroads. Every resource you create for your own project is immediately shared by the whole community of users in Global Crossroads. Therefore, you must be thoughtful and...
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The Global Crossroads is an integrated system with two distinct components: A custom web app that highlights the research process, reveals how arguments are developed and constructed, and urges students to learn from and build on each other’s efforts; and a stunning 50′ x 30′ wall of sculpted glass with reactive LED lighting and ten embedded displays that showcase the depth and dimension of the students’ work.

As they work within the web app to create “projects” based on either a thesis or a provocative question, students can view their work in a number of ways, from outlined lists to maps to more visually organized canvases. Content in Global Crossroads is drawn from current events, lab or archival research, and coursework. Discussion is responsive to campus events such as lectures, colloquia, and performances and is augmented by streaming feeds from contemporary mass- and social-media sources. Academic content is supplemented by announcements and by updates about Oxy events and curricula. The interface also allows users to work together on projects, access content submitted by others, investigate new areas of interest, and interact with fellow contributors, strengthening Oxy’s broader sense of community.