ERIC Number: ED350024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Strengthening Humanities at Genesee Community College: An NEH-Funded Faculty Development Grant.
Williams, Margaret D.
Genesee Community College (GCC), in New York, received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to conduct a faculty seminar focusing on the role and historical context of the computer as a medium for writing. Twenty GCC faculty from the humanities, as well as from career/technical programs, participated in the seminar in the summer of 1992. During the first week, faculty explored hypertext, a form that transcends the linear, bounded, and fixed qualities of the traditional written text. For two days faculty (many of whom had no prior computer experience) had hands-on experience in the computer lab, where they built rudimentary hypertexts that might be used in their classes. In the second week, a historical examination of human communication commenced, ranging from oral cultures predating the written word to cultures of the Middle Ages. During the third week, faculty investigated collections of knowledge, the printing revolution of modern Europe, artificial intelligence, and interactive fiction. Participants also viewed medieval manuscripts and codices at Cornell University, and the films "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "2010." The fourth week was devoted to the Electronic Age, including explorations of print forerunners to electronic text, interactive fiction in a computer lab, the effect of television on communication, virtual reality technology, and cultural literacy. Following the seminar, GCC sponsored a national telephone conference to share the experience with other colleges. (MAB)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Communication (Thought Transfer), Community Colleges, Educational Media, Faculty Development, History, Humanities, Humanities Instruction, Hypermedia, Instructional Improvement, Liberal Arts, Microcomputers, Seminars, Summer Programs, Teacher Workshops, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Writing (Composition), Writing Processes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Genesee Community Coll., Batavia, NY.