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The Humanities Conference 2003

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New Paradigms for Research and Teaching in Humanities Computing: Four Case Studies

Alan Howard.

Despite a good deal of rhetoric about the transformational power of the new technologies in education, very little has emerged that points toward deep, substantive, and significant change in the ways we teach and learn. Four projects at the University of Virginia, however, are exceptions: as they alter the ways in which we create and disseminate knowledge, they are beginning to show what that transformation might look like. In combination, they suggest a new and extremely promising paradigm for using the new technologies. They are large, complex, aggregative, and synthesizing virtual spaces that both require and enable a new kind of collaborative culture for research, teaching, and learning. They are also suggestive of the kind of learning organizations that will be needed in the traditional academic disciplines as they attempt to adjust to new global realities.


Alan Howard  (United States)
Daniels Family Professor
American Studies Programs
The University of Virginia

  • Humanities Computing
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(60 min Workshop, English)