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Summary of Faculty Projects

The twelve faculty-directed development projects were divided equally among three categories:

Additional projects were also spawned from these original faculty projects.

Online Tutorials
  • Technology and Music Composition is a tutorial on the use of the Finale software program, a sophisticated notation and composition package traditionally used by serious composers rather than undergraduates. It is deployed in Reed's Music Composition Lab and has been used extensively and with great success. The author of the tutorial, Professor David Schiff, is extremely pleased with the results and is interested in pursuing a follow-up project to extend and enhance electronic resources for music composition at Reed.

  • Interactive Tutorials for Artist Books developed by Geri Ondrizek and Michael Knutson helps students learn how to use computer graphics software, such as Photoshop, Premier, and Pagemaker, for senior theses and other major projects. The use of the tutorials has been very effective, prompting the art department to seek ways to expand the Computer Graphics Studio in order to accommodate growing student interest in this area.

  • The Interactive Tutorial on Rhythmic Analysis developed by Ellen Stauder in the English Department allows students to explore different notational methods for analyzing and marking rhythmic sequence in poetry. Students have used the web-based tutorial in conjunction with her course, Poetry and Poetics as well as in the Introductory Linguistics course. Feedback from students has been very positive. Professor Stauder plans to expand the tutorial to include free verse, to add exercises, and to improve some aspects of the user interface.

  • Historical Research via the Global Internet designed by Jackie Dirks, Leslie Butler, and Marilyn Kierstead is intended to help junior history majors locate, appraise, and annotate online bibliographic resources for research papers. "The tutorial has taken shape as a quiz in which students are asked to evaluate eight to ten selected Web sites and evaluate their use according to stated criteria." Due to the intervention of a junior sabbatical (Dirks) and a subsequent serious illness (Kierstead), the project encountered some major delays. However, the fundamental design and initial materials have been completed and the tutorial is scheduled to be used in the History Junior Seminar next semester.

Interactive tools
  • Independent Exploration of the State of the Art in Artificial Life provides students with a variety of simulations for exploring concepts of artificial life. The designer, Professor Mark Bedau of the Philosophy Department, indicates that students have been using the web site in conjunction with his courses for the past three years. Professor Bedau writes:

    The Mellon-funded software and exercises have now been tested in the classroom enough that I can confidently assess their value, and that value is extraordinary. One sign of the success of my experiment in introducing this new methodology into my philosophy courses is simply the enrollment in the class. ... Phil 410 doubled that of Phil 401 [the same course without the web simulations], and Phil 410 is now as heavily enrolled as any advanced course in the Philosophy department.
  • Web-based Applications for Applied Microeconomics and Econometrics, developed by Professor Noelwah Netusil, provides students with online assignments that require them to access and utilize web-based datasets such as those of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the International Monetary Fund, The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and others. Students assume various roles (such as an industrial consultant) and must utilize web resources in order to answer them.

  • Interactive Maps for Humanities and Social Sciences comprised a series of development projects coordinated by Professor Ed Segel (history), Minott Kerr (humanities), and Kim Clausing (economics). A student, Kaben Nanlohy ('99) did most of the programming and technical implementation. The project produced a variety of interactive maps on topics such as the political evolution of Europe during the Cold War, national economic profiles during the twentieth century, and archeological finds of kouroi in modern Greece. The interactive map approach has influenced faculty to incorporate maps in other projects, such as the Formosa web site (described below).

  • The Electronic Textual Analysis project undertaken by Professor Robert Knapp of the English department focused on the initial use of online texts annotated through hypermedia links. Professor Knapp has developed a robust web site with a variety of electronic text resources and document markup tools that students can use for independent research.

Digital materials
  • Enhancing Student Access to Electronic Materials in Humanities and Classics was a two-year project, directed by Professors Wally Englert and David Silverman, to provide students with access to extensive web-based resources. The resulting web site has been a rich resource for students since 1997. In June 1997, Professors Englert and Silverman held a week-long workshop for eighteen of their colleagues at Reed to acquaint them with the techniques of building and using a curricular web site. Shortly thereafter, Professor Silverman presented a paper on the topic entitled, 110Tech: Digitizing Humanities at Reed College, at the annual AACE Ed-Media/Ed-Telecom Conference in Florida.

  • High Quality Digital Images for Student Research was a comprehensive study conducted by Professor Charles Rhyne. The focus of the study was the methods and uses of very high resolution images in art history and other humanities disciplines. As part of the project, Professor Rhyne had art history students compare and analyze the use of high quality digital images with other visual sources (including original art works). The results of the study were discussed in Professor Rhyne's paper, Images as Evidence in Art History and Related Disciplines, VRA Bulletin, vol.25, no.1 (Spring 1998), pp, 58-66, his note in the Art Bulletin, Digital Culture and Art History: High Quality Images Are Available Now, vol. lxxx, no.1 (March 1998), p. 193, and his presentation of The Potential of Museum Web Sites for Art Conservation and Historic Preservation, delivered at the Museums & the Web Conference on Toronto in April 1998.

  • Application of Digital Technology and the Internet to the Study of Theatre was a set of web materials on various aspects of set design, costume design, staging, and other topics initiated by Stepan Simek, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre. Following Professor Simek's departure in June 1999, other members of the department (Craig Clinton and Max Muller) began to incorporate web and other technologies (such as TurboCad for set and lighting design) into their courses. The Mellon project prompted the first uses of instructional technology by Reed theatre faculty and students.

  • The Chinese Scroll Project involved the development of a digital reproduction of a rare Song Dynasty handscroll to make it more readily accessible to students in Chinese Humanities. Ordinarily, such material would be available only to a handful of scholars. Professor Hsing Yuan Tsao, who directed the project, succeeded in providing Reed undergraduates with a unique opportunity to analyze detailed images of life in China during the 12th century. The Scroll Project has been used in several classes and continues to be enhanced under the auspices of the Faculty Multimedia Lab.

Further Projects

The twelve faculty projects originally funded by the Mellon grant have spawned many other faculty projects. Dozens of web sites containing syllabi, assignments, and other course materials have been produced by faculty in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Many of these sites incorporate multimedia and specially tailored digital materials designed for independent student research, for example, the Formosa site developed by Professor Douglas Fix in history:

This digital library gathers together a disparate body of (primarily) European and American images of the island of Taiwan -- called "Formosa" by foreign visitors in the 19th Century -- and its various peoples. These woodcuts, maps and textual representations were originally published in European and North American books and journals during the 19th Century but are not easily accessible to those interested in the history of Taiwan. Users are encouraged to examine the woodcuts, etchings and sketches of landscapes, people, architecture, boats and implements by selecting increasing magnifications of those Images included in the library. Full texts of travelogues, reports, and ethnographies can be accessed from the Texts component of the library or selectively analyzed with the Search engine. Geographers will find the regional and island-wide Maps useful for exploring topographical, ethnological, geological or other questions or locating obscure place names. A small sampling of Linguistic Data on the various aboriginal languages may interest the student of Austronesian.

The Formosa site contains more than 15 historical works, including full-text document such as: Bullock, T.L. "A trip into the interior of Formosa." Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of London 21 (1877): 266-272, and collections of images such as: Thomson, J., F.R.G.S. Illustrations of China and its people: A series of two hundred photographs, with letterpress descriptive of the places and people represented. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Low, and Searle, 1873-1874.

A web page that includes a Self-Paced Online Tutorial System is an econometrics site developed by Professor Jeffrey Parker in the economics department:

This site can help you learn enough about econometrics--the application of statistical methods to the analysis of economic data and theories--to have a better understanding of empirical studies that you encounter in your study of economics. Many of the very basic ideas of econometric analysis are introduced here. The level of discussion should be sufficient to help you understand how the authors of empirical studies in economics arrived at their results. Since the reading lists for most Reed economics courses include many empirical studies, this site can be a useful complement to these courses. It is not, however, a suitable substitute for an econometrics course if you want a more complete understanding of econometric methods.

While many of the web materials developed under the auspices of the Mellon and Culpeper projects were designed for use outside of the classroom, some have also been integrated into classroom lectures and discussions. During the three years of the project, the College installed state-of-the-art multimedia projection facilities in five classrooms. Though faculty interest in such facilities was initially meager, the demand now taxes the ability of the Registrar's Office to address all requests. New facilities are being added at the rate of one or two each year.

Last Modified: February 25th, 2000