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An English course at DePauw University (Indiana) on the history of the novel was greatly enhanced by the addition of technology. The course looks at novels as portraits of a very flexible human nature in the context of a culture that has steadily changed, moving from a feudal system of static social structure, an economy based on barter, fixed and definite gender roles, and deep religious beliefs toward a much more secular world of capitalism, trade, technological advance, and democratic ideals. To provide historical context, the class incorporates art, music, science, and political issues through history. Using a combination of slides, art books, videos, music CDs, and blackboard illustrations proved cumbersome, frustrating, and disruptive to the class. A long planning stage clarified the goals and structure of the course to determine the scope and content of the computer presentation program. The use of technology and the freedom to integrate images, music, and text has improved the course immeasurably. The computer program enhances the course by presenting information in a form that students can easily comprehend. It helps the students see relationships they would otherwise ignore, and it dramatically increases their ability to analyze difficult issues. (SWC)

Descriptors: College Instruction, Computer Assisted Instruction, Cultural Influences, English Instruction, Higher Education, Hypermedia, Instructional Effectiveness, Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Nonprint Media, Novels, Personal Narratives, Science and Society, Sex Role, Technological Advancement, Technology Integration

Autor: Field, David


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