Pictures of health, and Australian history web project

Turnbull, P.G. (2002) Pictures of health, and Australian history web project. In: Burton, O.V., (ed.) Computing in the Social Sciences and Humanities. University of Illinois Press, Illinois, USA, pp. 1-20.

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[Extract] The 'Pictures of Health' Project was an experimental venture designed to evaluate the potential of virtual history teaching with students in the third or fourth year of undergraduate studies in social sciences within the Australian national university system. It was in fact the first attempt by Australian university-based historians to integrate the world-wide web and related forms of networked communication into history teaching and learning.

Four interactive learning modules were constructed, which introduced students to aspects of the social history of health and disease in Europe and Australia, between ca. 1850 and 1920. However, circumstances proved such that only two modules could be used and evaluated through 1997-8: one at James Cook University in North Queensland, and the other within the School of Nursing at the University of Tasmania. Each module presented students a variety of assessable tasks, designed to measure the effectiveness of on-line resources in self-directed learning. Students also participated in on-line tutorials and consultation conducted through a moderated discussion list which sought to replicate in virtual space the 'one-to-one' and small-group modes of interaction between staff and students which have long been identified as essential for high quality outcomes in history teaching and learning (Bailyn and Lathem 1994; Bourdillon 1994). Virtual tutorial participation was assessed, taking into account student exchanges and cooperative evaluation of learning experiences. However, the completion of on-line exercises and tutorial participation counted for only a relatively small proportion of the students' final grade. Over two-thirds of total marks were earned through completing several research essays of one to two thousand words in length. At James Cook, students were given the option of submitted their essays in simple electronic format, or, after consultation with their lecturer, as HTML encoded hypertext.

Item ID: 14361
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-252-02685-0
Keywords: interactive; web-based teaching
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This chapter appears in the CD-ROM which accompanies the book.

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