aim of this project is to encourage faculty throughout the UMASS system to contribute
to an Internet-based anthology of primary documents on race, class, gender,
and ethnicity in the United States. These documents will include Supreme
Court rulings, texts of legislation, political speeches, video clips, sound
recordings, historical images, newspaper articles, and other non-copyrighted
Difference is designed to enhance both face-to-face and online
instruction in five basic ways:
By showing professors and instructors how effective
it can be to incorporate multimedia materials into course outlines and syllabi,
this project will demonstrate how information technology can be used to
raise important social questions and dramatize historical events.
calling on faculty from different campuses to add to a collection that will
form a common curriculum, the project will stoke a new sense of intellectual
community and underscore the institutional identity of UMASS.
By promoting the sharing of knowledge and expertise among a diversity of
disciplines, the archive will enable professors and instructors to convey
ideas across academic concentrations, educational divisions, and geographical
gathering compelling texts, images, and audio clips from faculty in many
departments, the project will create a rich resource for both online and
face-to-face courses in politics, history, gender studies, legal studies,
sociology, economics, literature, education, and other fields.
making primary documents on major historical events, political debates, and
social issues available to high school and college students, the site will
enable UMASS to use its technological and academic resources to benefit
major sections of the educational community.