Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 222.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Fri, 05 Sep 2003 09:38:36 +0100
From: Heather Ward <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: 17.217 MIT Open Courseware & questions on courseware
This is a particularly interesting question to me because I am concerned
about the opposite situation. As universities move to proprietary course
software (such as Blackboard or Web CT) it will be more difficult to share
with each other or to browse the web to find out how others have approached
a topic. I fear we'll be constantly reinventing the wheel. There probably
is a danger of homogeneity, especially in undergraduate curricula in which
many of the same issues need to be covered. However, as a librarian and an
instructor, I believe freely available information from our colleagues can
lead to more creative curricula when we adapt materials from a variety of
courses to meet our local needs.
> Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2003 09:23:22 +0100
> From: "M. Zurat" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>I fear as a student that while more Universities make their course materials
>freely available online that there maybe more homogeny in the curriculum.
>Especially here in the States it seems that university administrations often
>pressure departments into the "follow the leader mentality" in their race to
>raise admission statistics and funds. Any thoughts?
Heather Ward email@example.com
Humanities Librarian (541)346-3047
University of Oregon Libraries (541)346-3485 Fax
Eugene, OR 97403-1299 http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~hward/
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