A Visitor's Guide to the Electric Renaissance
This is a course that is taught entirely by computer. We have one live
meeting the first day of the semester, mostly for orientation. From then
on, the class relies on three foundations: textbooks, discussion, and the
Web. You are looking at the Web site -- go ahead and browse to your
heart's content. Do, however, please take note of the copyright provisions of this site.
Discussion is handled on a listserv. I'm leaving the list closed for the
duration of the semester, mostly because I don't want to intimidate any
of the students, and I don't want to get into permission issues.
The textbooks serve the function of lectures -- they provide the factual
information and the interpretive framework.
My role as teacher is to guide the discussions, to put up the Web stuff
and maintain it, and to grade the assignments.
Request for Feedback
This is all very much experimental and I'm interested in comments from
everyone. If you are a teacher, I'd very much appreciate hearing from
you, both on the computer aspects of the course but also on the subject
matter itself. Send all comments to Dr. Knox.
I've tried to be conscientious about copyright issues here, but I have
not done a copyright search on every picture and text. If any holder of
a copyright feels I have violated his or her copyright, send me an e-mail
message and I'll take the material off the Web. My address is