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ERIC Number: ED405815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 5
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Using a Computer Program To Enhance an English Course in the Novel.
Field, David
An English course at DePauw University (Indiana) on the history of the novel was greatly enhanced by the addition of technology. The course looks at novels as portraits of a very flexible human nature in the context of a culture that has steadily changed, moving from a feudal system of static social structure, an economy based on barter, fixed and definite gender roles, and deep religious beliefs toward a much more secular world of capitalism, trade, technological advance, and democratic ideals. To provide historical context, the class incorporates art, music, science, and political issues through history. Using a combination of slides, art books, videos, music CDs, and blackboard illustrations proved cumbersome, frustrating, and disruptive to the class. A long planning stage clarified the goals and structure of the course to determine the scope and content of the computer presentation program. The use of technology and the freedom to integrate images, music, and text has improved the course immeasurably. The computer program enhances the course by presenting information in a form that students can easily comprehend. It helps the students see relationships they would otherwise ignore, and it dramatically increases their ability to analyze difficult issues. (SWC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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