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MARA (Mobile Academic Research Application) is a mobile application that allows users to store media along with relevant metadata taken at the time of capture on a mobile device. MARA offers a powerful tool to help teachers manage classroom research assignments and to assist researchers who want to collect, describe, and store media using a handheld device. In addition, MARA automatically attaches geolocation information all material collected. MARA functions with or without access to the internet. Once wireless access is available, the saved media along with its metadata can be uploaded to a WordPress site at a click of a button.

For the initial beta release MARA will be used in classes offered by Dr. Julian Chambliss at Rollins College. Further implementations to support various mobile and blog platforms will come in future releases.

The app concept was developed by Dr. Julian Chambliss, faculty member in the Department of History and coordinator of the Africa and African-American Studies program as part of a Faculty Instructional Technology Integration (FITI) grant from Rollins College. The application’s coding was done by Shree Raj Shrestha, a Computer Science and Mathematics student at Rollins College. This project would not have been possible without the support of Carrie Schulz, Amy Sugar, and the other members of the Rollins Instructional Design and Technology Department.

Should there be any questions, suggestions or requests please contact: Julian Chambliss (jchambliss@rollins.edu) or Shree Raj Shrestha(sshrestha@rollins.edu)

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