ERIC Number: ED400863
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-May-26
The Written Text and Human Dialogue: Pedagogical Responses to the Age of Hypertext Media.
Ehrhart, Donna J.; Boyd, Charley
In June 1995, New York's Genesee Community College hosted "The Written Text and Human Dialogue," a 4-week faculty development seminar for 30 professors in the humanities and technical disciplines across the United States. The seminar sought to explore the history of human communication and writing, to expand participants' knowledge of writing technology, and to establish bridges between the humanities and technology. At the beginning of the seminar, teams were formed of two faculty members from complementary fields, such as reading and biology, while participants met 5 days a week in morning discussion sessions and afternoon or evening computer lab sessions. In the first week, the history of writing was discussed, particularly the effects of the printing press on communications; in the second, electronic books and electronic pedagogy were reviewed; in the third, participants explored authoring conventions related to hypertext fiction; and in the fourth, discussions were focused on the future directions of hypertext. Participants explored the most current writing technologies, such as electronic mail, and learned how to create their own World Wide Web pages using Storyspace. In an on-site evaluation of the program, participants expressed satisfaction with seminar speakers and facilities and felt that the seminar would improve their teaching, while concerns were expressed regarding the number of computers available and the pairing of faculty in teams. (AJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence (Austin, TX, May 26-29, 1996).