This is a list of web sites that offer resources for instructors. Basically, it is intended as a compendium of teaching resources for medieval texts on the web. As the site expands, the list should also expand. Please send any suggestions for additions to email@example.com.
A more comprehensive general listing of sites related to medieval studies can be found on the Carolina Association for Medieval Studies links page.
The Chaucer Metapage
This project was initiated at the 33rd International Congress of Medieval Studies by a group of medievalists interested in promoting Chaucer studies on the WWW. Its aims are: to organize and provide navigation aides for Chaucer resources on the WWW, to work towards enhancing and extending those resources, and to encourage Chaucer studies, including those undertaken via "distance learning," at all levels of education.
The Middle English Compendium
The Middle English Compendium has been designed to offer easy access to and interconnectivity between three major Middle English electronic resources: an electronic version of the Middle English Dictionary, a HyperBibliography of Middle English prose and verse, based on the MED bibliographies, and an associated network of electronic resources.
The Norton Online Archive
The Norton Online Archive is an ongoing project that at present includes more than 150 fully edited texts, ranging from the Middle Ages through the Victorian Period. These texts were included in previous editions of the Norton Anthology, and are intended principally as a supplement to the new Seventh Edition. They also serve to record the changes within the anthology, in accordance with the changing interests and preferences of teachers in the undergraduate classroom.
Instructional Tool Sites
The SITES CITE
As technology evolves and the Web becomes more prominant in education online tools for instruction grow in sophistication. In turn, the possible applications of these tools increases. This site provides a space for investigating some of the issues involved in using Web-based courseware and for applying instructional tools to teaching projects for instructors at UNC, Chapel Hill and elsewhere.
Critical Tools Home
Page from the University of Texas at Austin
Critical Tools offers a suite of seven courseware modules designed primarily for Literature and Composition courses but which can be used for courses across a wide range of disciplines: CT Central (create a course home page with options for syllabus and policy statement), Class Contact (generate a roster with unique e-mail features), AddLink (contribute and arrange course-related Web links), Discussion Forum (engage in on-line conversations), Annotator (annotate passages from a user-selected text), Interactive Archives (organize materials into hypertextual libraries), BiblioFile (build bibliographies with MLA-style citations).
Samples from Other Instructors
Teaching samples from ORB
Resources for teaching from the Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies includes sample syllabi, bibliographies, illustrations, and calendar programs.
Ideas and Examples for Teaching
with Technology from SITES at UNC
Teaching successfully using instructional tools requires some knowledge of teaching in general, some experiences with computer-based activities, and a willingness to experiment and adapt. On these pages you will find links to general advice about this kind of teaching and links to advice about using specific SITES instructional tools.
Old English Aerobics Workout
A Java-based aid for learning Old English. This site actually offers a tutorial for students, and the author welcomes instructors to make use of it and modify it for their own classes.
The Great Vowel
Melinda Menzer of Furman University's multimedia demonstration of the GVS using Java and Quicktime. This site is designed for undergraduates with limited linguistic knowledge who are being introduced to the Great Vowel Shift.
This page is part of the course material for "History of the Alphabets" taught by Prof. Robert Fradkin at University of Maryland. It features animated depictions of the evolution of several historical alphabets.
Pedagogy: Assignment Ideas
Online Assistance for Teachers and Students of Chaucer and the Later Middle Ages including several assignment ideas from K-12 through college by Daniel T. Kline, U. of Alaska Anchorage.
Where to Find Further Information
The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies, located at Georgetown.
ORB--Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies
ORB is an academic site, written and maintained by medieval scholars for the benefit of their fellow instructors and serious students.