Educational Resources, Hypermedia
Hypermedia in a Nutshell: Historical Landmarks
Hypermedia, in short, relates to a new kind of resource that links several kinds of documents (texts, images, sounds), allowing easy nonlinear navigation through the material. But this is only one view of a more complex matter. In what follows, some historical indications shall be given, and then the case of hypermedia for education will be analyzed.
It is generally assumed that the idea of hypertext dates back from Vannevar Bush, at the end of World War II. In his seminal paper (Bush 1945), he presents the new perspectives offered to mankind by technology and imagines a future using the new potentialities of machines for intellectual tasks: computation, manipulation of ideas, selection of the right data, etc. Stressing the fact that the ability of associating is at the core of the human minds, he describes a visionary artifact (the “memex”), using technology known at...
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