From: ENTER_USERNAME_HERE <ENTER_USERNAME@inconnect.com> (30)
Subject: Re: 10.0496 humanities computing graduate programmes?
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>  From: Nelson Hilton <firstname.lastname@example.org> (10)
> A group here is considering what a possible "graduate certificate in
> humanities computing" might entail, and are very interested to hear about
> courses actual or imagined which readers think might figure in such a
Coming from the commercial world, I approach this question from what is
perhaps an academically unorthodox point of view -- first consider real
world issues, then determine if and how humanities computing can fulfill a
need, and finally craft / develop a course. My conclusion is that
Humanities Computing may be part of the solution to one of the most
pervasive problems our society faces, e.g. boredom / apathy / lack of
success in the classroom.
There are approximately 5 million computers installed in K-12 schools in
the United States alone. By and large, these machines are used as expensive
typewriters -- their potential as "teaching technology" has not yet been
reached. Is it possible that searchable electronic texts, multi-media
materials, the internet, etc. can be combined with a pedagogical approach
* More effectively engages the attention of the student ...
* Shows students how to construct and pursue discovery strategies of their
own design ...
* Imparts both knowledge and skills that are useful in life and career ...
Before going further along this avenue, might I ask whether this line of
thinking merits further discussion, is of interest to other members of the