7.0008 Conf: Computerised Learning (London) (1/95)

Mon, 17 May 1993 17:40:57 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 7, No. 0008. Monday, 17 May 1993.

Date: 13 May 1993 06:35:54 -0600 (CST)
Subject: London Conference Computerised Learning 6/16/93


Pedagogy, Design and Implementation in Humanities Computing

Wednesday 16 June 1993, 10.00 - 5.00

Arts Lecture Theatre,
Queen Mary and Westfield College, London

Coorganised by the University of London Seminar in Humanities
Computing, the Humanities Computing Centre, QMW and the Faculty
of Human Sciences, London Guildhall University

A one-day conference to explore some neglected issues in humanities
computing. Now that we have almost a decade of pilot schemes, trials
and experiments, how do we bridge the evident gaps between promise,
delivery and implementation?

Session will consist of a brief introductory paper with a response,
followed by discussion. More time is allocated for discussion in order to
involve the participants as fully as possible.

For further details:
Dr Peter Denley,
Director, Humanities Computing Centre,
Faculty of Arts,
Queen Mary and Westfield College,
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS
Tel 071 775 3148
Fax 081 980 8400
E-mail P.R.Denley@UK.AC.QMW

Dr Deian Hopkin,
Dean's Office,
Faculty of Human Sciences,
London Guildhall University,
Calcutta House, Old Castle Street,
London E1 7NT
Tel 071 320 1129
Fax 071 320 1121
E-mail DR_Hopkin@UK.AC.CLP.TVAX

1. Design and Implementation: the Technical Issues
10.00 - 11.15

This session deals with the presentation issues. What do humanities
teachers and scholars need to know about computer interface design to
enable them to make the best use of the new technology? Are there
particular design requirements for computer-based humanities teaching
and learning which are not currently addressed in the commercial or
academic fields? In which direction is the design of the human-computer
interface going?

2. The Pedagogy and Psychology of CBL
11.30 - 12.45

In the past few years, considerable investments have been made to
develop a new generation of computer-based teaching tools. Much of this
is directed towards what might called "mechanical" modes of teaching.
What does this offer the humanities student? What, beyond "question
and answer" or "expect and respond" routines, can computers offer the
arts student? And what about the teachers?

3. Handling Multi-sources
2.30 - 3.45

A notable advantage of the new computer technology is its ability to
handle text and images simultaneously. Does this represent new
challenges to the way we teach the humanities? What are the dangers
inherent in having too much of a good thing?

4. Education and Politics: the Future of Humanities Computing
4.00 - 5.30

As always there are political implications including the need to teach
larger numbers of students with a dwindling unit of resource, and,
perhaps, a natural reluctance by many humanities teachers to become
fully involved in new technology. How can the computer's potential as
a resource and a tool be realised, for teaching as much as for research?

Demonstrations of teaching and learning software
1.30 - 2.30