ERIC Number: ED428721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
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Teaching Shakespeare: Materials and Outcomes for Web-Based Instruction and Class Adjunct.
Schwartz, Helen J.
Multimedia hypertext materials have instructional advantages when used as adjuncts in traditional classes and as the primary means of instruction, as illustrated in this case study of college-level Shakespeare classes. Plays become more accessible through use of audio and video resources, including video clips from play productions. Student work can be included as models, and updating or expansion of texts is as easy as changing HTML files. With over 40 hours of instruction per play module, assignments can be individualized to student needs and used repeatedly--for instruction, clarification, make-up on missed classes, or review for exams. Materials for each play include three lectures and seven topics for exploration (issues, character, plotting, genre, critics, staging, and background); instructional aids on cast, story line, literary terms, and references, as well as access to a searchable text of Shakespeare's works, are included. Results over 5 years of development and revision are reported. Topics discussed include: structure of the Shakespeare Hypertext Guides (SHGs); pedagogical advantages of hypertextual instructional materials; and the development process from theory to prototype to evaluation to revision. One figure illustrates a sample page of the SHG, and a table presents data on the logistics and evaluation of Shakespeare courses using SHGs. (Author/DLS)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Courseware, Distance Education, Drama, Educational Technology, English Instruction, English Literature, Higher Education, Hypermedia, Instructional Design, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Material Evaluation, Material Development, Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Web Based Instruction, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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