In this era of rapidly expanding, virtually inescapable technology, consumers and producers of our “technologized and technologizing” world need to bring to central focus the qualities of being human, lest those characteristics be obscured, like a panorama blocked from view by a massive electronic billboard. Through its open forum for the viewing, posting, and sharing of video-presented college/university level educational course content, Unnive – the subject of this article – provides a means for humanistic scholars to use – easily and at no cost – these new technologies to bring the humanities to learners and educators throughout the world. Particular kinds of environments can assist or impede interaction, communication, and learning. The educational environment (Unnive) described in this article has all the advantages of educational television, while also overcoming the limitations inherent in such broadcasts. Unnive is a website that serves as a learning environment for viewing, posting, and sharing information on a wide array of video-presented instruction about the humanities. Unnive is like YouTube, (www.youtube.com) in that both are centered on storing video content and making it easily accessible. Unnive also has some of the characteristics of MIT’s OpenCourseWare, a website providing documents like lecture notes and readings that are associated with courses taught at MIT. Large-scale, Internet-based video offers tremendous capabilities to scholars in the humanities, since thoughtful and effective use of this technology for serving education would elevate societies’ understanding – and, hopefully, adoption of – humanistic values. Relevant to respect for diversity and inclusion is Unnive’s capability to foster not only the dissemination, but also the collaborative creation, of new understandings about humanistic values. Unnive is a tool that can advance the learning and teaching of the humanities, and enable humanistic content and values to be at the forefront of these global waves.
|Keywords:||e-Learning, Humanities in Cyberspace, University|
Graduate Student, Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
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