ERIC Number: ED350600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May-1
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Creating a Community of Learners Using Hypertext.
Lang, Susan M.
A HyperCard stack can be a primary computer-assisted instructional element in a freshman literature course and in an upper division "period" course. These stacks provide new alternatives for conventional classroom activities and add some possibilities not available in the traditional classroom setting. The stack for the freshman course contains course information, cards on literary genres, quizzes, and on-line journal assignments. The stack is also used to integrate the notion of literary theory into the course content, to provide additional activities for the poetry and drama units, and to assist students in writing essays. A proposed large-enrollment course in the 19th century novel would use computers as a teaching aid for out-of-class activities. The majority of class time would be devoted to class discussion and lecture, with group activities and/or in-class writing occupying only a small percentage of the time. The course could be largely paperless--with materials being turned in on disk--thus encouraging revision of ideas and integration of various ideas and texts. In many ways, the conceptual challenges in programming with HyperCard are not all that different from those involved in print-based composing, although primary differences involve allowing for variable paths through the text, and for reader interaction. Hypertextual applications encourage increased contact between students and promote the sense of community that classrooms so often lack. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: HyperCard; Writing about Literature
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Computers and Writing Conference (8th, Indianapolis, IN, May 1-3, 1992).