Instructor: Daniel Collison, M.D., Dartmouth Medical School
Project: Using dermatology as a pilot discipline in medical education, this project will create “virtual dermatology patients” on a website where students go to practice diagnosis. This enables instructors to expose their students to many more examples for diagnosis, to make use of photographs from live diagnosis sessions for review and correlation with lecture notes, and give the students the widest access to the materials. Versions of the site will also be made available on CD-ROM and individual modules will be small enough so that they can be conveniently downloaded to HD floppies or Zip disks.
Instructor: Thomas H. Luxon, English Department
Overview: One of the most annoying obstacles to studying Milton is also one of its greatest strengths: Milton’s poetry and prose is highly allusive, and thus its study is intertextual. It sometimes seems as if Milton had all the learning of the ages (science, philosophy, classics, theology, rabbinics, and history) at his fingertips. Undergraduates are often snowed by the enormous learning Milton exhibits in Paradise Lost and elsewhere.
The World Wide Web and hypertext offer a virtual (though partial) solution to this problem, and thus a way to take advantage of Milton’s learnedness when teaching undergraduates. Most of Milton’s poetry is now available in electronic form for easy downloading. A group of scholars, organized by Richard Creamer of the University of Richmond, is transcribing Milton’s prose. Soon the entire corpus will be available in electronic format.
This project will create a website that will become a study center for Milton’s poetry and prose, where HTML versions of his works are 1) presented in standard formats, 2) hypertextually linked amongst themselves for ease of study and reference, 3) hypertextually linked to other sites that represent Milton’s huge body of learning, and 4) searchable both as parts and as a whole.
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.