Digital Zombies is in some ways a game, and in other ways it is a digital tool for teaching historical research methods. Headed by Professor Juliette Levy at UCR, this project deals with topics such as human-kind’s control of nature and, naturally, zombies. Students develop creative projects and accomplish various tasks by performing research in physical and digital collections. The goal is to get students to think differently about their own historical research methods, as well as different perspectives enabled by digital platforms.
Interestingly, the term “digital zombie” is a name for someone so involved with social media and digital technologies that they become fixated with a “faux reality.” It is also used to describe students who only use sites like Wikipedia and Google to do research, often using digital sources indiscriminately, without ever coming in contact with physical sources.