The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0575  Tuesday, 29 March 2005

From:           Peter S. Donaldson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 28 Mar 2005 14:50:36 -0500
Subject:        DVD Tools for Shakespeare on Film

The MIT Shakespeare Project is again asking for brief 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 that
will play when clicked.
2. Weave video examples so created into own's own text to create
multimedia essays or contributions to on-line discussions.  Clickable
video icons can be dragged and dropped just like text.
3. Share the results in class or remotely with other students and the

XMAS does not involve any copying of the DVD video files, since the
citations are merely active links to the time code:  there must be a
disk in the drive to play the clips.

We have used XMAS very successfully in the MIT Shakespeare and
Shakespeare on Film courses, and are now supporting our first off-site
collaboration at Vanderbilt University.

We have used XMAS for on-line discussions (and video-enriched
conversations); one-to-one film style tutorials and other short
exercises; in-class presentations, text-video homework which the
instructor can re-edit or reply with video examples; and multimedia essays.

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
during the academic year 05-06, 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.

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 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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