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This section of the website is designed to house an ever increasing pool of digital resources that can be used in Higher Education teaching. The premise of this initiative is that the English Subject Centre Staff will work collaboratively with individual members of the community to created custom-made resources on the understanding that these resources will be made available to the community as a whole through this website. This approach we hope will give you, as colleagues in the discipline, access to our skills and resources and give us, as the English Subject Centre, an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the uses of digital resources in specific environments.

The Projects

Images of Violence in Lear , Othello and Titus Andronicus

This teaching package was developed in association with Dr. Ewan Fernie in the Department of English at Royal Holloway University of London for students on the Shakespeare MA programme. The aim of this resource has been to put together a range of visual images with a series of questions for the students to consider before coming to class. The media browser, developed in Macromedia Flash, gives students the opportunity to select their own collection of materials for discussion. This resource offers an example of the ways digital resources can contribute to class discussion. This example, or elements within it, could also act as a template for using visual images in other areas. (Clicking on Images of Violence in the left hand navigation bar will launch the resource in a separate Flash window).

Performance approaches to King Lear

This resource was developed by Dr. Christie Carson, Project Officer for C & IT, in association with the Drama Department at Royal Holloway. The aim of this resource has been to provide three different approaches to the play, looking at directing, designing and acting. Images of performance are combined with interviews with directors, designers and actors to provide a range of responses to the play. The three sections can be viewed in any order. The final section details the three approaches to one production. Again the media browser gives access to all of the images which can be rearranged in any order for use in lecturers, seminars or discussion, either in class or online. The form can also be seen as a template for work that incorporates images and sound. (Clicking on King Lear in Performance in the left hand navigation bar will launch the resource in a separate Flash window).

These resources are presented as examples rather than exemplars and are designed to inspire a discussion amongst colleagues. If you would like to contribute to our discussion board click on discussion under Support Materials in the left hand navigation bar. If you who would like to work with the English Subject Centre staff to develop your own resources in this way please click on proposals to the left.

Key Skills with Chaucer

Go to the Key Skills with Chaucer websiteThis site was designed as a joint project by Dr Lesley Coote at the University of Hull, and Mr Brett Lucas at the English Subject Centre under the auspices of a grant provided by the Filter project. The aim of the site is to provide an introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales, to help introduce the subject to new students at any level. It acknowledges that such students are often daunted by the prospect of reading a medieval English text, expecting to find it dry and irrelevant to their own life experiences. This site is designed to be immediately accessible and attractive to students, whilst providing basic information, and reference points to which they can return if they wish. Of particular interest are the uses of visual imagery, multimedia elements (including a multimedia player designed in Flash), discussion points and a messageboard to encourage discussion.

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