13.0148 queries to exercise the mind

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Tue, 24 Aug 1999 21:08:46 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 148.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Michele Peers <Peers@NKU.EDU> (22)
Subject: help with a Web-based course

[2] From: Darryl Whetter <G1W8@unb.ca> (15)
Subject: Animated Grammar?

[3] From: Chris Ann Matteo <chrisann@walrus.com> (32)
Subject: Getting your money's worth

[4] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu> (15)
Subject: Character Sets

Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 20:40:46 +0100
From: Michele Peers <Peers@NKU.EDU>
Subject: help with a Web-based course

Okay, so I'm a late bloomer, there is nothing to be done about it except to
ask (plead) for help. I am teaching my first totally web based course. I
have done a couple web assisted courses and found that the students were
still totally, by choice, dependent on the traditional classroom
interactions. I realize that I didn't push them out of the nest, but I
find that hard to do with freshmen and sophomores. Additionally, while I
knew my chosen web site links were necessary I was never quite confident
that they were sufficient.

Anyway, this new class will be totally web based and I will never see or be
seen by this group of students. Nest problem solved!? I would like some
understanding of what this group of students will need or experience
emotionally/ psychologically/ educationally. I would also like some
pointers on having enough (too much?) information site links for the
students. Do I need pointers on my personal emotional/ psychological
reactions to web teaching? Will I have to think very differently?

If you could point me in the direction of articles, texts, or web sites
discussing these problems I would be grateful. Your personal experiences
would also be much appreciated.

Let me follow up by saying that my institution has given me a small grant
to study our first year doing web based classes and all the reference
material you point me towards will be read.

With appreciation. My personal e-mail is:


Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 20:41:44 +0100
From: Darryl Whetter <G1W8@unb.ca>
Subject: Animated Grammar?

Hello Humanist,

I've recently been conducting a survey of OWLs (Online Writing Labs), and
was unable to find many who could make use of the so-called mutlimedia
applications of the web. The hypertext possibilities of the early and mid
90s have been used in abundance at varios excellent OWLs but I remain
unable to find OWLs which make use of the sound and moving image
opportunities of today's web.

If anyone knows of an animated/aural lab or someone doing research on their
efficacy, please reply.

All good things,

Darryl Whetter
Ph.D. Candidate
UNB English Department
(506) 455-7767

moving art

Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 20:42:54 +0100
From: Chris Ann Matteo <chrisann@walrus.com>
Subject: Getting your money's worth

I realize the following thoughts are not *strictly* related to computing,
but since HUMANIST often engages in such thought-provoking discussions of
institutional matters, I offer this for the list's opinions.

Today while I was lunching at a deli near my friendly neighborhood
BigNameIvyleagueUrban University, I was sitting near two college seniors
who were on campus for training as leaders for incoming student
orientation next week. They were lamenting the packed schedule and the
long days of work, when the young woman made an interesting remark that I
couldn't help but overhear:

"Yeah, its a pain, but I figure they're paying enough money, I ought to
give them what they pay for."

It's been a long time since I became disabused of the economic dimension
of that revered entity, Higher Education. But I was struck with how far
the language of the market had trickled down to these energetic,
idealistic naifs. In fact, college students can't be considered naifs
anymore, whether intellectually, socially, spiritually or whatever: most
of all they seem to be shrewd shoppers.

Any ideas for tracing and dating what seems to be a change of attitude
towards education in colleges? Certainly, "affordability" has always been
an issue for all but the wealthiest families, but when do you think the
object shifted from "A College Education" -- a numinous ideal however you
want to define it -- to an itemized menu of goods and services to be
estimated for its optimum return to paying students and their families?

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Date: Tue, 24 Aug 1999 20:43:21 +0100
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@english.uga.edu>
Subject: Character Sets

>> From: Gregory Murphy <Gregory.Murphy@eng.sun.com>

Dear Humanists,

I am in search of bibliographic references on the subject of character
sets used for electronic information processing. The topics that I am
interested in learning more about include:

- The history of the standardization of sets like ASCII and the
various ISO sets.
- Technical discussions of methods for collating across languages and
character sets.
- Cost analysis of the use of wide-character vs. variable-length
character sets for typical kinds of processing.

Any pointers welcome. Reply to me or to the list.

- Gregory Murphy <gjmurphy@Eng.Sun.COM>
__o Software Engineer
_`\<,_ Solaris Software
(*)/ (*) Sun Microsystems

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