Busting Shakespeare: the TEL way

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Alderdice, Scott and Brodie, Stephen. 2010. "Busting Shakespeare: the TEL way." 2010 International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED2010). Valencia, Spain 08 - 10 Mar 2010 Valencia, Spain.
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Busting Shakespeare: the TEL way

Presentation TypePaper
AuthorsAlderdice, Scott (Author) and Brodie, Stephen (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleINTED2010 Proceedings
ERA Conference ID50948
Number of Pages10
Year2010
Place of PublicationValencia, Spain
ISBN9788461355389
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.iated.org/inted2010/
Conference/Event2010 International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED2010)
International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Event Details
2010 International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED2010)
Event Date
08 to end of 10 Mar 2010
Event Location
Valencia, Spain
Event Details
International Technology, Education and Development Conference
INTED
Abstract

'Today’s generation Y and generation Z need education that is interactive, student-centred, authentic, collaborative and on-demand.' Associate Professor Jane Summers USQ News July 2009.
Each year more than 40 million secondary students worldwide grapple to understand, disassemble and analyse the works of William Shakespeare. This number, of course, increases significantly if one were to include students from non-English speaking education systems. For the secondary school curriculum, Shakespeare is core business. And yet, for the vast proportion of those 40 million students, their enduring memory of the Shakespeare experience is one of frustration, confusion and resentment. Limited class time, text-heavy content, complex poetic devices, unfamiliar language and the gap between historical and contemporary contexts all provide for a difficult learning experience.
Generation Z are characterised by their need for instant information, for ego-centric contexts, visual responsiveness and multimedia information sharing. With less than 30% of this generation being identified as structured auditory learners, teaching Shakespeare needs to make the shift into Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL).
The Shakespeare Room is an innovative response to that need. Featuring video-based content structured around an interactive framework, The Shakespeare Room utilises cutting edge multimedia technology and variable bit rate streaming (based on Flash technology) to deliver a discovery-led learning experience driven by young people. The Shakespeare Room depicts people of secondary school age actively scrutinising and interpreting the text; enacting relevant scenes and situations; debating different points of interpretation and exploring historical and contemporary contexts. With a range of capabilities for interactivity and collaboration (incorporating flash-based video learning, integrated social networking tools, a video remixing engine, and most importantly, a highly visual set of tutor-level planning and management tools), The Shakespeare Room is a user-friendly facility that enables ongoing learning and information sharing from middle high school through to post-graduate education levels.
This paper details the pedagogical underpinnings and technologies that enable this bold new approach to TEL, so that best practice in the online delivery of Shakespeare content can be shared simultaneously around the globe.

KeywordsShakespeare, technology enhanced learning, interactive, student-centred learning, video-based
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470504. British and Irish literature
390405. Educational technology and computing
Public Notes

Version of paper deposited lacks accompanying video and graphic (Model screenshot of The Shakespeare Room featuring video from 'Books'). First author has requested that paper be made available without it. Authors retain copyright.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Creative Arts
Faculty of Arts
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