The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1763  Tuesday, 28 September 2004

From:           Peter S. Donaldson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 27 Sep 2004 16:30:11 -0400
Subject:        DVD Tools for Shakespeare on Film


The MIT Shakespeare Project is asking for brief statements of interest
in using its Cross Media Annotation System (XMAS), developed under the
MIT-Microsoft iCampus Initiative.

XMAS has been in use at MIT for several terms, has worked very well to
support online student discussions that include video examples,
multimedia essays, in class presentations and online  instructor comment
on student work.  The ability to include precisely defined visual
evidence in work on Shakespeare films has transformed my own teaching
and we are now planning a two year project to distribute the system to
sites outside MIT.

XMAS works by allowing users to create video citations rapidly (using
"start and stop" buttons), to insert links to video segments so defined
into text fields, and to edit both video and text.  XMAS does not
involve any copying of the DVD video files, since the citations are
merely links to the time code.  It does require download of software and
access to a PC with a DVD drive and multiple copies of the DVDs used in
the class.  XMAS is server based, and partner institutions can use the
MIT server or set up their own.

The ideal setting for use would be in Shakespeare or Shakespeare on film
classes in a two week or longer period, at colleges and universities
that already have or can provide some technical support and student
access to PCs.  At MIT we've used XMAS in small classes, with some
students working on PCs in the language lab and some with laptops (their
own or borrowed from MIT).

While this is ideal, 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.

This supported distribution phase is planned as a two year project
beginning in January 2005, with the possibility of adding participants
in successive terms.

If you are interested, please let us know as soon as possible.  A brief
email is fine for now.  If you have questions or want to include details
about your classes, what terms you might wish to participate, etc.  all
the better!

Please contact Peter S. Donaldson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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