Electronic Collaboration in the Humanities: Issues and Options

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James A. Inman, Cheryl Reed, Peter Sands
L. Erlbaum Associates, 2004 - Computers - 419 pages
This volume provides an informed view of how information technology is shaping the contemporary humanities. It specifically reflects five ideals:
*humanities scholars with all levels of access are doing important work with technology;
*humanities scholars' projects with technology reflect significant diversity, both across and within disciplinary bounds;
*using information technology in the humanities is a continuous conversation;
*information technology offers new options for humanities education; and
*just as collaboration changes the nature of any project, so does information technology change the nature of collaboration--its speed, character, methods, and possible implementations.

The first to explore new and important ways for humanities scholars to collaborate across disciplines via electronic media, this book redefines electronic collaboration; presents insightful models of student collaboration; provides important models of faculty collaboration with special emphasis on professional development; and offers a look at the future of electronic collaboration and the overall future of the humanities. Featuring the voices of humanities teacher-scholars at all stages of their professional careers, the chapters emphasize pedagogy, outlining contemporary issues and options.

Electronic Collaboration in the Humanities speaks directly to anyone involved with interdisciplinary initiatives in colleges and universities, such as writing across the curriculum and communication across the curriculum programs, and to specific populations within the humanities, including literacy and technology, language and literature, literacy studies, professional writing, and English education.

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MONICA T. WHITTY is Lecturer in Psychology at Queen's University Belfast. She lectures on cyberpsychology, social psychology and qualitative methods. Her major research interests include online dating, cyber-relationships, Internet infidelity, identity, misrepresentation of self online, cyberstalking, cyberethics, and Internet and email surveillance in the workplace. She is author of "Cyberspace Romance: The Psychology of Online Relationships "(with Adrian N. Carr).
ANDREA J. BAKER is a Sociology Professor at Ohio University. She has studied online relationships since 1997, collecting data for the 1998 paper, "Cyberspace Couples Finding Romance Online Then Meeting for the First Time in Real Life," She is author of "Double Click: Romance and Commitment of Online Couples" which is about 89 couples that met in chat rooms, forums and dating sites. Her interests include online communication and virtual communities.
JAMES A. INMAN is at the College of Law, University of Tennessee. He teaches and researches on rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy. His previous books include "Technology and English Studies: Innovative Professional Paths" (with Beth L. Hewett), "Computers and Writing: The Cyborg Era," and "Electronic Collaboration in the Humanities: Issues and Options" (with Cheryl Reed and Peter Sands)

Cheryl Reed is Assistant Professor, English, Communications, and World Languages, San Diego Miramar College.

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