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Dec. 2, 2008
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New Shakespeare Online course gives EMU students look at great author

YPSILANTI — If Shakespeare had a podcast or a vodcast, this is what it might be like!

That could be the course description for EMU’s newest offering – Shakespeare Online.

“Students will have the opportunity to learn about Shakespeare’s life and times while reading his plays at their own pace in the context of a mixed-media online platform that includes lectures on his writing, video clips from different film productions, and links to resources important to understanding the printed versions of his works,” said Craig Dionne, professor of literature at EMU.

The Literature 210 Introduction to Shakespeare course, which begins this winter, is being offered through EMU’s Continuing Education online services. It is one of many courses offered through the English language and literature department at EMU (http://www.emich.edu/english/).

“It is designed to be entertaining,” said Dionne, who has been preparing the project for the past year. “We have been teaching Shakespeare as part of the general education requirement for several years, but this is the first time we are offering it online.”

“This is not just reading text. It’s a lot more involved and engaging. It’s interactive and I’m looking forward to teaching the course,” said Dionne, who has been at EMU for 15 years.

For more information about this course, go to http://www.ce.emich.edu/

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