ERIC Number: ED413955
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Literature Using Multimedia. Final Report: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.
"Journey Home," an interactive CD-ROM program about Homer's "Odyssey," was produced at North Shore Community College (Massachusetts) to create an innovative method for teaching literature. Based on a prototype developed on an Apple II, the program incorporates video, text, graphics, music, and artwork related to the Odyssey and provides helpful background information on history, mythology, and archaeology. By placing extensive resources at their fingertips, Journey Home provides students with the opportunity to understand and appreciate Homer's poem, as well as discover its influence on art, music, and other literature. Its multimedia format addresses the problem of teaching literature to students with widely varying abilities, literary experience, learning styles, and motivation. Evaluation procedures for the program included surveys of students and instructors, use of control and experimental classes, comparisons of student papers and research, pre- and post-tests of students' knowledge of the Odyssey, exit interviews, and videotaping of classes. The consistent success of Journey Home has proven the effectiveness of using multimedia in the literature classroom. Appendices include a discussion with the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, project descriptions, evaluation sheets, and sample tests and assignments. (YKH)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software Evaluation, Greek Civilization, Greek Literature, Humanities Instruction, Instructional Innovation, Interdisciplinary Approach, Literature Appreciation, Multimedia Instruction, Mythology, Optical Data Disks, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Shore Community Coll., Danvers, MA.