Collaborative Analysis with tEXtMACHINA

The Humanities and cultural studies in particular have traditionally been distinguished by the specialty of their scientific practices. Since the object of their analyses can be broadly considered as meaningful texts, they usually emphasize hermeneutical, qualitative und discursive analytical procedures such as reading, text-analysis, interpretation and comparison. The new media offer fresh possibilities in this field of research by permitting web-based discursive text-interpretation fo a community of scientists. The didactic e-learning concept of tEXtMACHINA is based on the virtual simulation of scientific practices in class. By offering a set of techniques, such options as highlighting text-passages, communication tools or the flexible combination of different media, which allows for the collaborative, discursive and analytical interpretation of texts (analysis of pictures and other objects is possible too), students may be able to acquire the practical and theoretical scientific competencies for their field in a blended learning setting.

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tEXtMACHINA - Introduction, Tutorials, Didactical Concept etc.


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