The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0710 Thursday, 3 August 2006
From: Peter S. Donaldson <
Date: Thursday, 3 Aug 2006 06:19:53 -0400
Subject: Call for Collaborators
The MIT Shakespeare Project is requesting statements of interest in
using its Cross Media Annotation System (XMAS), developed under the
MIT-Microsoft iCampus Initiative.
XMAS offers a way of extending close analysis from text to film, using
DVDs. With a Shakespeare film in the DVD drive, one can
1. Rapidly create any number of precisely defined video segments
(virtual, playable "clips").
2. Add comments to defined segments
3. Store these virtual clips and attached comments on our server or an
XMAS server you set up for replay.
The basic clip-comment combination can be used for student
presentations, on-line one to one tutorials, remote discussions of films
and text, video enhanced homework and response. Clips and comments can
also be used as elements in the multimedia essays and on-line
discussions with playable video which the system supports.
Because the DVDs used as a video source in XMAS are purchased for the
purpose and there is no copying of video files, XMAS offers new ways to
use the now vast list of Shakespeare DVDs without copyright issues.
XMAS is a PC-only for the time being.
XMAS has now been used very successfully in the MIT Shakespeare and
Shakespeare on Film courses and Hong Kong Cinema courses, as well as at
a dozen other institutions, including extensive use at Vanderbilt and
University of Hawai'i, Kapiolani. Our newest collaboration is with the
University of Queensland, Australia.
The ideal setting for use would be in Shakespeare or Shakespeare on film
classes in a one week or longer period, at colleges and universities
during the academic year 06-07, but XMAS can be used in any film course
for which students will have access to DVDs. We are interested in
having the system used in different ways by Shakespeare teachers of all
levels of technical comfort. In some cases we expect to be able to
provide initial workshops at MIT or at partner institutions. There is
no charge for using XMAS.
If you are interested, please let us know as soon as possible. A brief
email is fine for now, but if you have questions or want to include
details about your classes, what semester you might wish to participate,
etc. all the better!
Please contact Peter S. Donaldson at
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