Groundwork 2001 Virtual Stadium

Groundwork 2001 was a concert series in Seattle held to raise funds for the United Nation's Food and Agricultural Organization. The concerts were webcast to viewers around the world. Web users were invited to join a virtual community and their nicknames and hometowns were displayed at the bottom of the page in a Virtual Stadium. The Virtual Stadium was built in Flash 5 and programmed by Applied Rhetoric.

Excite@Home Broadband Television

Before Excite@Home filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy it had an innovative group working on the next generation of interactive television using Flash as the presentation layer. Applied Rhetoric worked on the dynamic creation of media files for interactive TV using tools such as JGenerator, Ming and Macromedia Generator. Macromedia has announced a program to encourage developers to further integrate Flash into devices like settop boxes and hand held computers.

Flash/XML Computer Based Training Framework

Skinsense is an interactive learning program for a university based research initiative to reduce geriatric skin cancer. The Flash 5 presentation layer used in Skinsense allows the content to be stored in XML on a server so the text, graphics and sequence of program can be modified with ease. Skinsense is now in beta testing.

Ninth House Network's Broadband Corporate Training

The Ninth House Network is a startup company specializing in broadband, rich media corporate training. Ninth House uses extensive animation, interaction and streaming video. Applied Rhetoric led a small team that built Flash and Flash Generator based activities for 4 major Ninth House progams. The full, immersive experience requires a special software and access to the Ninth House database. However, a few offline samples can be seen in the activity testbed.

Online Psychology, Biology and History Learning Activities

Pearson Education has created many websites as companions to their high school textbooks. Applied Rhetoric has built Flash learning activities around such diverse subjects as argumentation, olfaction and United States history among many others.

The History Place Map Naviagator

The History Place Map Navigator is a Java applet created by Applied Rhetoric that lets students and teachers dynamically view groups of related maps without the use of plugins. The maps themselves are authored by the scholars that created the celebrated "darkwing" on line historical atlas resource and contain stunning orginal art by Pearson Education's top illustrator. Although the applet will be seamlessly integrated into Pearson's The History Place, a development version can be viewed "offline" in the applet testbed.

Dynamic Online Foreign Language Comprehension Excercizes

The Multimedia Learning Center of Northwestern University creates web based language instruction software suites using streaming Quicktime and dynamically generated HTML. Internef, their next generation of French language instruction software will contain dynamically generated online comprehension excercizes to enable instructors to create their own courses around The Center's streaming videos. Applied Rhetoric built the templates for these excercizes with Flash Generator.

The Supreme Court's Greatest Hits CD-ROM

The Supreme Court's Greatest Hits is a compilation of audio recordings of the oral arguments of the 50 most important United States Supreme Cases since 1955, when the court began recording. Authored by Northwestern University Professor of Political Science Jerry Goldman, creator of the award winning Oyez website, The Supreme Court's Greatest Hits brings fundamental milestones of United States Constitutional Law onto students and scholars desktops for less than $30. The CD was programmed and co-produced by Applied Rhetoric and was created using Macromedia Director and Real Audio. A new version that supports RealAudio 8.0 is in development and will be availabe in 2002.

TB Lab simulation for BgUILE CD-ROM

Biology Guided Inquiry Learning Environment (BGuILE) is a learning environment designed to help middle and high school students develop argumentation and scientific methodology skills while learning about evolution. BGuILE is a the brainchild of Northwestern University Associate Professor Brian J. Reiser and was developed with a number of graduate students, including William Sandoval. Applied Rhetoric designed and programmed a complex Macromedia Director based Tuberculosis Lab simulation for BGuILE. The BGuILE software was released on the Bioquest CD, an annual compilation of biology education materials used extensively in schools across the US. Bioquest CDs are now published by Harcourt/Acadmemic. Individual copies may be purchased through Bioquest.

Educational games for Scientific Learning Corporation's Fast Forward Language to Reading

Fast Forward Language to Reading is Scientific Learning Corporation's second product that improves the language processesing capability of kids with language learning difficulties. Fast Forward Language to Reading is a program designed for schools and speech pathologists, who use the product in collaboration with Scientific Learning Corporation's researchers. Applied Rhetoric developed complex Macromedia Director based games for the Fast Forward Language to Reading CD-ROM.

Sleights: An Interactive Discovery CD-ROM

Sleights: An Interactive Discovery is a rich, non-linear narrative game based on the life of magician Harry Houdini. Created by Jim Ferolo, Sleights uses Macromedia Director to allow players to navigate the lavish Quicktime sequences and QuicktimeVR spaces. Sleights was a finalist in the Independent Game Festival of the 1999 Game Developer's Conference in San Jose, California. The navigation engine of the game was built by Applied Rhetoric.

Revealing Bodies: A temporary exhibition for the Exploratorium

The Exploratorium is the world's foremost hands on science museum, located in the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Reavealing Bodies was a temporary exhibition showing a cross cultural, historical, technical, medical and just plan fun ways of looking at the human body. The exhibition was on display at the Exploratorium during the summer of 2000. Applied Rhetoric was an advisor on design of individual exhibits and of the exhibition as a whole.



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