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IV. Summary

1. A Retrospective Look

This project has been running now for three years, transforming itself from a simple series of HyperCard stacks with the original Rosenberg 1.0 to a popular World-Wide Web site. The experience has been educational in a number of areas, leading to the following observations:
  1. The demand for computer-based pedagogic material of use in Higher Education is greater than ever. This, it could be argued, is a result of several influential factors: need to supplement the decline in staff/student ratios; growing computer literacy amongst staff and students; awareness of the potential of IT; and the climate of support for IT in the UK with such initiatives as SIMA, the CTI Centres, ITTI, and TLTP.
  2. The model of the Rosenberg material, whereby students were directly asked to analyse a concept whilst at the same time participating in a hypermedia environment, worked well. Students, like seminars or tutorials, need a structure to work to.
  3. The advantages of using the World-Wide Web over traditional multimedia authoring packages are already substantial

    2. The Future

    It is hoped that development of the concepts outlined in the above report will continue. At the time of writing a bid has been put into the JISC Technology Applications Programme (J-TAP) to fund the development of a similar project working with more Rosenberg material, plus the Wilfred Owen archive at the English Faculty, Oxford. If successful, this will allow us to develop a facility whereby students and lecturers will be able to draw on an archive of material to create their own on-line virtual seminars (akin to the Rosenberg Web site), lecture notes, or hypermedia essays. Even if this bid is unsuccessful, staff at Oxford will continue to work in this area, paying particular attention to the guidelines which will be forthcoming from the JISC-funded Arts and Humanities Data Service.
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