Advancing the Humanities through Technology
at Community Colleges was funded by a major grant from the National Endowment
for the Humanities to enable community college humanities faculty to explore
the ways in which digital technologies could enhance teaching and learning
in disciplines such as history, literature and world languages. It is
a notable achievement in a series of excellent projects funded in the last
five years. In 1996 the NEH Division of Education Programs held its first
competition for Teaching with Technology grants. Though the application
deadline followed soon after publication of the guidelines, we received
over 300 proposals for humanities projects enriched by digital technology.
Clearly we had struck a nerve; computing in the humanities was a burgeoning
field. Since then we have funded dozens of projects in materials, faculty,
and curriculum development. A new grant category, Schools for a New Millennium,
was designed to assist schools with programs that use new technologies
to strengthen humanities instruction in grades K through 12. In collaboration with
WorldCom Foundation and the Council of the Great City Schools, we created
a gateway web site, EdSitement (edsitement.neh.gov)
with links to
over 100 web sites eminently useful for teaching and based on excellent
The CCHA Advancing the Humanities project includes community colleges as creators of new resources and as models of adapting digital technology to classroom use. Two-year college programs reflect varied degrees of technological integration: some have excellent resources and committed administrative support, while others are only beginning to explore the ways in which technology can support excellent teaching. The colleges participating in this project represent a range of expertise and resources probably typical of many institutions. All have moved forward in the course of the grant, building on institutional resources and setting goals for the future.
Advancing the Humanities through Technology at Community Colleges exemplifies many of the best characteristics of successful NEH grants.
National Endowment for the Humanities
This page is copyright © 2001, C.T. Evans
For information contact email@example.com