This web site is intended to serve as a resource for instructors who wish to use technology to enhance the teaching of medieval texts. Rather than focusing primarily on the content of such courses, the site will provide general strategies for the incorporation of technology into teaching. Although I certainly do not avoid dealing with the specific resources that are available for certain texts, the emphasis on certain texts is defined simply by my familiarity with those resources. As this site grows, I expect the list of resources to grow. Nevertheless, it is my hope that the site as a whole can offer instructors strategies that can be more generally applicable to the teaching of any medieval text. Therefore, though I may have a lesson plan idea for teaching Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, I hope that the ideas and strategies therein could easily be translated into ideas for teaching other texts.
The main parts of the site are as follows: Creating Hypertext, On-line Discussions, CD-ROMs, Internet Resources, and Sample Lesson Plans. The page on hypertext outlines options for having students create projects that either annotate texts or use multimedia to enhance students' experiences of texts. A brief tutorial on how to create web pages is included in this section. The on-line discussion page deals with chat rooms, discussion forums, listservs, and e-mail. The discussion of CD-ROMs highlights some of the pre-packaged resources available for students and instructors in terms of multimedia presentations of Medieval Literature. The external Internet resource page also offers ideas of what kind of materials already exists for instructors' use. Finally, the page of sample lesson plans brings together links for each of the sample ideas referred to in each of the separate sections. Throughout the site, there are links to other teaching resources available on the web.
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