The Catacombs of St. Callixtus:

Comparing the Design and Impact of Dramatic Teaching Content for Radio and Hypermedia

Masters Project in Telecommunications, Michigan State University

Fabio Pasqualetti

Completed in 1994


Faculty Committee:

Dr. Carrie Heeter (

Dr. Tom Muth (

Dr. Robert Albers (


Hypermedia is a new emerging technology that combines different forms of art expression such as graphics, sound, image, animation, and text recreating a new experience that allows the user to interact with them. Knowing how to use properly the different forms of art expression becomes vital if we want to be able to reshape and tailor them for hypermedia activities.

This project, that involves the creation of a prototype of interactive hypermedia and a radio drama on the catacombs of St. Callixtus, wants, comparing the two media, to illustrate the efficacy of dramatic teaching content, to stress the importance of sound as powerful medium able to sculpture experience, and to point out how thinking and designing sound for radio drama is quite different than doing it for interactive hypermedia.

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