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Digitized Resources in the History of Christianity: A Model for the Use of Information Technologies as Supplements in Classroom Teaching and Learning

Awarded Grant
Kalantzis, George
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Theological School
Topics: Teaching a Specific Subject   |   Technology and Teaching

Proposal abstract :
Creation of browser-based digital collection of the instructional material and other resources used in the first of the sequence of History of Christianity courses offered at the seminary.

Learning Abstract :
The project sought to create an internet-based digital collection of the instructional materials and resources for use in Garrett's introductory History of Christianity courses. It also hoped to create a better understanding of the issues of interactive and visual learning, to demonstrate the viability of interpreting digitized resources in theological education, to provide an interdisciplinary model for using information technology, and to investigate the use of alternative research methods.
A substantial amount of the project was able to be completed. Though, unforeseen elements involving the rapid technological changes of this work slowed down some progress. Changes in hardware and software were not always compatible with student computers. The transfer of primary texts worked well and allowed all students to share one common version of text and pagination which facilitated classroom discussion. Secondary sources on the database required debate and clarification over copyright rules. Overall, the project allowed the courses to use the potential of the instruction as a repository of information and presentation.
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