Instructor: Carl Beckmann, Thayer School of Engineering
Project: A marriage of digital video and the World Wide Web can deliver videotaped lectures to students on demand. In addition to permitting access to previous lectures for study and review, the project will enable instructors to index taped lectures, to annotate video, and to provide hyperlinks to background information alluded to in the lecture. This project will piggyback on an existing research project to develop a low cost scalable video server and will provide a “real life” application to test the server.
Instructor: Shunhui Zhu, Mathematics Department
Overview: This project will develop a World Wide Web site to deliver mathematical topics to students according to their individual backgrounds and interests. The site will contain of two parts, the first will consist of mathematical topics for specific application areas such as physics, biology, chemistry, etc. This will give students in a mathematics class access to a detailed discussion of the application of that course’s content to their field of interest. This will increase student motivation and aid understanding through the use of concrete examples.
The second part of the site will focus on a detailed description of the mathematical requirements for various majors in order to help students plan their academic careers and give them a more complete picture of the mathematical aspects of their field of study.
The initial development of the site will concentrate on a module for geometry, with other mathematical areas to follow. One of the main features of the site will be its interactive nature, utilizing Java applets to present examples and simulate processes.
Instructor: Fillia Makedon, Computer Science Department
Overview: This project will design an introductory course to teach undergraduates how to develop multimedia applications on the World Wide Web using Java and other tools. In addition to the software engineering aspect of the course, the students will learn about general multimedia issues and limitations, how to process and prepare different media, how to evaluate existing websites for effective interface design and use of multimedia, and how to combine media in interactive presentations.
Instructor: Juan Medrano-Pizarro, Spanish and Portuguese Department
Overview: This multimedia piece, based on the work of the Chilean poet Enrique Lihn, explores the role that new technologies have in the teaching of literature, the common ground between literature , music, and the visual arts, and the possibility of reaching a wider audience through the use of the World Wide Web.
The project will consist of a bilingual, illustrated presentation of the events of Lihn’s life, a recorded interview, a bilingual anthology of Lihn’s work, a multimedia presentation, and a complete bibliography of his writing and a selected critical bibliography. The multimedia presentation is a production of Lihn’s poem “Penas de extrañamiento” in which text, voice, images, and music will recreate the urban and cinematographic landscape of the imaginary New York constructed by Lihn’s writing. (Des)Encounters is not only a pedagogical tool for the teaching of Contemporary Latin-American Poetry and a prototype for the future development of the Latin-American poets database, but also a space to explore the possibilities of the interaction of literature and digital art.
Instructor: Joan Campbell, German Department
Overview: Concurrently, foreign language pedagogy has stressed the importance of cultural materials and the World Wide Web has allowed immediate access to these materials. Students are no longer limited to information that their instructors provide or authors of their texts choose to include. All sorts of cultural documents are instantly available and student interest in the particular technology is high. By developing Internet exercises which take a functional approach, directly addressing pedagogical issues in foreign language instruction, faculty at Dartmouth can transcend the physical limits of the classroom and provide their students with direct exposure to the culture they are studying. This project will develop World Wide Web exercises for German I, II, and III courses at Dartmouth. While the context for these exercises is German, the models developed are easily applicable to other foreign languages taught at Dartmouth. By making pages available as part of a larger German language teaching database via the German Department home page, the project will provide an important service to German students and the German language teaching profession.