In the last couple years, I've started using new technologies as teaching tools
in my film and TV classes. My most successful experiment to date is writing an
interactive computer tutorial on film and TV analysis, FILM/TV ANALYSIS: THE
MEANING OF THE MOVING IMAGE. I was inspired to write this tutorial becauses I
was tired of spending too much time in my film and TV criticism classes
defining and redefining basic terms, such as framing and panning, and too
little time actually using these terms to analyze film and TV. My DOS based
computer tutorial provides succinct descriptions of each concept, gives an
example, and then quizzes students on what they have read. I they are
incorrect, it gives the correct answers, shows them the concept and example
again, and refers them to the proper page in the class text. Students seem to
love working with this, and it radically improved the speed in which the class
mastered basic concepts, allowing us to move on to actually using these con!
cepts much sooner.
If you are a professor, you can get a free copy of this tutorial by calling the
publisher, Academic Sor FAX/International 607-588-6385. Leave your college
address and the size IBM disc you want (3.5 or 5.25).
What similar projects are others working on or using in your classes? I am a
SCRIPT-L member or you can reach me directly at [log in to unmask] I'll look
forward to reading your e-mail responses, but I will be at the UFVA confeence
in Philadelphis this week and on vacation after that, so I will probably note
be able to respond until the end of the month.
Communication Department, New England College