11.0021 memory? advice for a course?

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Mon, 12 May 1997 22:16:45 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 21.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk> (10)
Subject: bloopers and memory

[2] From: Claire Warwick <claire.warwick@computing- (37)
Subject: proposed hypertext course

Date: Sun, 11 May 1997 16:39:51 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: bloopers and memory

Rumour (from the discussion group Ficino) has it that Lewis Lapham's article
on student bloopers in the April issue of Harper's Magazine, "The Spanish
Armadillo", contains a good discussion of the effects of technology on
cultural memory. Perhaps someone here who happens to have this issue to hand
might be moved to report on Lapham's analysis?

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Date: Mon, 12 May 1997 09:27:38 -0400 (EDT)
From: Claire Warwick <claire.warwick@computing-services.oxford.ac.uk>
Subject: proposed hypertext course

I work for the English Faculty at Oxford, and Dr Stuart Lee (Head of the Centre
for Humanities Computing) and I are hoping to run a course on electronic text
and hypertext in theory and practice. We are at the very early stages of
planning at present, but the Faculty has some questions about the proposed
course, and not having run a course of this type yet, we can't answer them from
our own experience. We are aware of a few similar types of courses being run at
present, but there must be some others that we haven't heard of. So we wondered
if the members of Humanist who have run such a course would be willing to share
some of their insights with us.

We envisage that the course would consist of lectures on theoretical
issues, as well as classes on the practical side of producing HTML, text
analysis and hypertext design. Students would then be assessed on a project
produced in hypertext accompanied by a paper detailing the rationale behind the
production of their site. This plan gives rise to a number of questions with
which we'd like some help.

Firstly, how should we go about assessing student projects, especially those in
hypertext? Does anyone have any guidelines that they might pass on to us? At
the moment the students doing the equivalent paper to the one we propose submit
essays of 6,000 words. How much hypertext would you feel is equivalent, given
that we will also want them to produce a written essay about the rationale
behind their site?

How should we ensure that students reach similar academic standards to those
doing more 'conventional' paper-based work?

Has anyone experienced any particular problems with ensuring that there is no
plagiarism? If so, how were they solved?

Any help that anyone can provide on these matters, or any that we haven't
thought of, would be very welcome.

Claire Warwick and Stuart Lee
Faculty of English and Humanities Computing Unit
Oxford University


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