ERIC Number: ED368432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan-15
Reference Count: N/A
Journey Home: A Multimedia Work in Progress on Homer's Odyssey.
Stalker, Sandy; Whitney, Terri
In 1992, North Shore Community College received a grant to develop a multimedia program for literature instruction based on Homer's "Odyssey." Rather than providing the text of the work, the program, "Journey Home," provides access to a wide array of related materials related to the "Odyssey," including 150 excerpts from critical essays, articles, and poetry; 30 video segments; 15 music excerpts; and 100 art works and photographs. The main menu provides students with the option to click on mythology, religion and the gods, Odysseus' journey, characters in the poem, astronomy, Homer and his world, craftsmanship and technology, archeology, sources and language, and a help section. The program was pilot-tested in two World Literature classes, one using the program in a lab only, while the other used it in both the classroom and lab. Observations based on the pilot testing included the following: (1) students expressed a desire for more access to labs; (2) instructors found that students were tempted to play with the program during lectures and students in the lab only class had some trouble navigating the program; (3) the program was most effective when specific assignments were given, rather than allowing students to wander through the material; and (4) instructors found that the computers tended to block their view of students and that helping students with computers during class was disruptive. In general, the response to the program was enthusiastic and the academic performance of students using the program improved. (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at "Reinventing the Community College," the Annual Computer Conference of the League for Innovation in the Community College (10th, Nashville, TN, November 14-17, 1993).