Madison P. Jones

PhD, Rhetoric & Writing Studies

Grant-Funded Digital Projects


Visualizing Environments with Augmented Reality

EcoTour is a downloadable smartphone application that allows state park visitors to access information about the human-caused environmental threats facing Paynes Prairie as well as undocumented histories of the park. Through a multimodal research and writing assignment in three different writing courses, students produced the content for the application. Similar to an audio walking tour, the app allows users to walk through the La Chua trail and learn more about the ecological diversity and environmental threats within the preservation area. EcoTour provides access to a large repository of information using technology that many visitors already have in their pocket. This project was funded by a Bob Grahm Center Healthy Civic Campus & Community Grant from the University of Florida.

Articulate Detroit   

An AR Walking Tour of Woodward Avenue

A location-based digital writing project exhibited at the 2017 Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE, 2017) conference held in Detroit, Michigan, funded through a grant from the conference organizers. The project offers a generative model for how mobile technologies might be employed within writing studies scholarship and in public humanities contexts more broadly. This project uses free mobile application software to generate augmented reality displays at eighteen locations along Detroit’s iconic Woodward Avenue.

Mentoring & Consulting

Augmenting Sustainability   

An AR App for the UF Campus and Gainesville Community

In Spring 2019, I served as a mentor and consultant for this student-led project, conducted in collaboration with the Sustainaibility Studies program at the Unviersity of Florida and the Trace Innovation Initiative. I assisted two students in developing an augmented reality tour of UF's campus focusing on sustainability and the community. The project was part of a Sustainability Studies course and served as part of their Green Gator Graduation Chord requirement. Presently, this project is being expanded as a class assignment with the ultimate goal of creating a campus-wide project. This project was funded through support from a Creative Campus Catalyst Fund Grant at UF.

Trace ARCs   

Augmented Reality Criticism

As a coordinator for the Trace ARCs series, I have created several digital projects and served as a consultant for faculty and student projects. These interdisciplinary projects use AR to overlay digital content (images, video, text, sound, ect.) through mobile smartphone applications. Trace ARCs intervene in locations using place-based methods for digital advocacy, social justice, and civic writing. ARCs challenge dominant narratives about historical sites, places of community value, and public monuments.