The following sites were created by students attending the 10-week course at the Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford, entitled 'British Poetry of the First World War'. The course was taught by Stuart Lee and ran from January-March 2000, and Jan-March 1999. The classes were two hours long each week, broken down into one-hour traditional teaching/discussion, and one hour using the computers. The classes were held in the computer teaching room at the Department, usually reserved for the teaching of computer programming. The classroom held c. 15 PCs (all with sound cards and a series of networked applications), with the teacher's machine linked to three TV monitors allowing full display of the main PC.
The course covered:
Title of Lecture/Discussion (c. 1 hour)
Hands-on Component (c.1 hour)
|1. Introduction to WW1 Poetry||1. Browsing WW1 Web Sites|
|2. The Early Poets: Brooke, Grenfell, Sorley||2. Tutorial 1|
|3. Siegfried Sassoon||3. Tutorial 1, Sassoon Sites, and Basic HTML|
|4. Wilfred Owen||4. More HTML|
|5. Isaac Rosenberg and David Jones||5. Tutorial 2 and start work on own site|
|6. Edward Thomas and Ivor Gurney||6. Wilfred Owen Archive and work on site|
|7. Craiglockhart||7. The Hydra and work on own site|
|8. Prose of WW1 (No Path)||8. Work on own site|
|9. Filming the War||9. Work on own site|
|10. Work on own site||10. Present site to class|
For the lecture part, many of the talks used paths created via the Path Creation Scheme (click on the link above to go directly to the path). These were simply used as illustrative slides during the course and the annotations should be viewed as explanatory notes, i.e. NOT a transcript of the lecture! In addition students were asked to use the Bulletin Board and join in the discussions with other scholars from around the world.
At the end of the course the students presented a web site which they had been creating over the past few weeks. In most cases the students had no previous knowledge of HTML and by the end of the course had only had (totalling it all up) about 5.5 hours to create the site (including learning HTML)! The method used for page authoring was Netscape's Composer. The students were free to choose any subject they wanted to, as long as it was related to the War. They presented their ideas in week 5 with rough storyboards, and from then on began to create the pages with the teacher coming to their assistance when they were stuck. All the students who completed the course (7 out of 8) submitted a site. Some students had access to computers at home or at work and they used these to type up some of the material for their pages, but in most cases the only access they had was in the classroom.