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The Humanities Conference 2003

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A Sensory Approach to Learning: Using Digital Technologies to Teach the Humanities

Jim Grabowska.

Computers continue to be marketed to the consumer as a means to play games, send e-mail and "surf the Net." Even within the academic community users continue primarily to employ the computer to these ends. Applications for more complex uses have been marketed to the professional or used within the computer science department. I decided to appropriate these more "professional" applications and place them in the hands of students to use as learning tools in the humanities classroom.; in particular, in Spanish literature and civilization courses. The purpose of this project was to get students to experience more thoroughly and interpret for others what they read/studied/researched by employing the possibilities offered by digital technologies in the development of a multimedia document. I hypothesized that student learning would be more meaningful and therefore more significant by moving from the reading, lecture, and discussion format to a multi-sensorial experience.


Jim Grabowska  (United States)
Associate Professor
Department of Modern Languages
Minnesota State University, Mankato

  • Digital Technologies
  • Sensory Approach
  • Student-directed Learning

(Virtual Presentation, English)