College of Arts and Sciences

Technology Workshop for Humanities


March 24, 2010
4:00-6:00 PM
Banquet Hall South, Campion Student Center 


  • Aesthetic Toolbox: Designed by Aimée Knight of Saint Joseph's University, this site presents a common aesthetic framework that students can use to discuss various types of artistic works. The “toolbox” contains six analytical tools (familiarity, feelings, design, movement, vocabulary, and idea) within an interactive design applied to individual works of poetry, painting, photography, sculpture, music, and architecture.
  • Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads: Oxford University has digitized its collection of more than 30,000 popular sixteenth- to twentieth-century broadside ballad sheets and made these available online through a database that can be searched or browsed according to subjects, titles, performers, venues, and other classifications. The ballads that include musical notation are linked to audio files of modern musicians playing the music. This provides a unique opportunity for students to study this aspect of popular culture on its own or in conjunction with other literary forms.
  • The First War Poetry Digital Archive: Sponsored by Oxford University, this rich multimedia site presents over 7000 textual documents, images, audio files, and videos for teaching, learning, and research about British poets and poetry during World War I. All these hyperlinked materials help students comprehend this poetry within its historical and cultural context, which is presented particularly forcefully through an immersive multimedia exhibit in the 3-D virtual environment Second Life, which can be previewed through a Machinima video available on YouTube.
  • Literary Worlds: Created by a team of Western Michigan University English professors, this is a 2-D virtual learning environment that contains seventeen interactive “worlds” related to different literary works, mostly novels. In the words of their creators, these world are designed to “deeply involve students with the language, characters, settings, and cultural and historical contexts of literary works. Students can explore and interact in virtual literary worlds, role playing and interrelating as characters, extending and altering character conduct in purposeful ways, analyzing impact of setting, language, and dialogue on behavior and events.”
  • Romantic Circles: Sponsored by the University of Maryland, this is a refereed collaborative scholarly website devoted to the study and teaching of literature from the Romantic period. Designed for students, teachers, and scholars, the site brings together in easily accessible format electronic, hyperlinked editions of texts from the Romantic era; original critical and theoretical essays on Romanticism; online reviews of publications in the field; online research tools (such as chronologies, concordances, bibliographies); a blog; audio recordings of contemporary poets reading Romantic poems; and pedagogical materials explaining how teachers can make use of the resources of the site.
  • Victorian Web: Edited by George Landow of Brown University, this collaborative project of many scholars presents a rich array of resources focused on British literature, history, and culture during the age of Victoria. Essays, primary and secondary texts, and images are densely interlinked according to twenty different themes, so users can explore the materials via many different self-directed paths.
Compiled by Barbara F. McManus and Ann R. Raia
The College of New Rochelle