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Places In Time

The Spring 2004 semester showed what dedicated and motivated faculty could achieve with support from Laboratory for Innovative Technology in Education fellows. A cross-disciplinary team of faculty members created an interactive, linked English and American history course called “Places in Time” in which students become active historians who learn to conduct research, write about the results of their explorations and present their findings through multimedia technologies. LITE doctoral fellows aided students in the creation of media-rich web sites based on their exploration of works of art, architecture, film, music, literature and photography that reflect, support and challenge the historical themes of American history from the late 19th through the 20th century. University faculty and LITE fellows are seeking ways to take advantage of new technologies and new teaching methods to better engage students with the content they are studying, increase their access to faculty, and provide competencies and literacy in areas that will help student become successful in future courses and beyond.
Student and LITE fellows had strong perceptions of the project. “Because our projects were immediately published on the Internet, I was much more aware of the quality and overall work,” stated student Bryan Longabardi. LITE fellow Jeannette Dixon stated “The students responded strongly to the movie clips which showed the thinking of the time in which they were created.” Student Megan Easley added that “the way we looked at the underlying meanings of old movies and literature makes me more aware of the implications in modern media”. LITE fellow Anne Rudnicki added that she was “impressed with the interest the students showed and the connections they made.”


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