Great Writers project is launched

Great Writers – Learning From The Past.

A new exciting open literary project has just started.

The project will create/assemble a substantial new body of open content
with a literary theme (focused on engaging new students) to be released
through a new online web portal. The materials will be grouped around a
set of specific writers and thematic collections, curated by subject
specialists and steered and evaluated by the demands of the subject
community. There will be a concentration on textual materials with
embedded illustrative audio and video together with new publishing
methods that include a substantial set of material released as ebooks for mobile
devices. The material, intended to provide an engaging introduction to a
typical humanities undergraduate education, will be available to be
reused in education worldwide and will be an innovative introduction to the
wider UK open educational resources movement. All material will be released
under a suitable open content licence and published as downloads and
feeds for use in perpetuity.

The selection of content to be released will initially include:

·       A  series of short lectures recorded at a one-day ‘Be Inspired’
event
·       Shakespeare – including a new series of 11 lectures
·       Beowulf  – An audio-enhanced version of the text
·       The Tragedy of Hoffman – an ebook plus performance of an
Elizabethan play
·       Classic texts from the 18th Century (c. 2000 texts openly
released as ebooks)
·       A variety of material from the Oxford Text Archive which has
recently been made available by the Discovering Babel project
(http://ota.oucs.ox.ac.uk/)
·       A new web site complete with scholarly blog posts, historical
timelines and links to related contextual online lectures from the wider
humanities area at Oxford and beyond”

We hope to tell you more about the work over the next few weeks including a list of the proposed great writers the project will be concentrating on.

The project web site with more details will be up shortly at http://openspires.oucs.ox.ac.uk/greatwriters

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