“Digital Classics”: A New Scientific Field that Offers New Teaching and Learning Opportunities for the Study of Ancient Greek

By Dimitrios Vlachopoulos.

Published by The International Journal of Humanities Education

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During the last two decades—despite their academic tradition—university departments of classics have started to make use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in learning and research activities. Nevertheless, recent pedagogical studies on this issue have demonstrated that these new tendencies are not widely accepted by the administration and part of the faculty who do not recognize them as a “proper” field of knowledge. The aim of this paper is to present the new field of “Digital Classics” by describing the utility of ICT for the study of the ancient Greek language in Higher Education and by presenting a considerable number of technological applications and multimedia resources, created by several universities around the world. Finally, some innovative teaching and learning methods will be described in order to make clearer the academic activity that it is associated with this new discipline and to help the decision makers understand its idiosyncrasies and functions within the university classics departments.

Keywords: ICT in Classics, Digital Classics, New Teaching Methodologies, Ancient Greek Language, Disciplines and Interdisciplinary

The International Journal of Humanities Education, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.15-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 221.556KB).

Dr. Dimitrios Vlachopoulos

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Education Sciences, European University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus

Dimitrios Vlachopoulos was born in Athens, Greece. He received his PhD in Education from the University of Barcelona, specializing in the area of distance education. His current research interests also include Teaching Innovation, Research Methodology & Evaluation and Educational Technology. He speaks fluent Greek, Catalan, English and Spanish and has an intermediate level in French and Italian. He has been involved in several EU-funded projects (e-Learning action, Minerva, Leonardo, Satellite Communications Programme-VI FP etc.). In 2009 he was a finalist for the International Award of Excellence of the journal Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal. Currently he is Assistant Professor at the Department of Education and Director of the Distance Education Unit at the European University of Cyprus (Laureate International Universities).