Brooke A. Carlson deposited (Skillfully) Wielding the World-Wide Web in the Classroom: “I’m NOT Gonna Be That Creepy Guy” in the group HEP Teaching as a Profession on MLA Commons 4 years, 5 months ago
I used to share with my classes that ebooks are outselling books, and like the music industry, the book market is now digital. While the record business has shifted in profound ways with the rise of digital technology, the book press is still in flux. Digital book sales over the past couple of years have been fluctuating around book sales. As a professor of English literature, how do I take this digital experience into account? What sort of changes have I made in my pedagogy to better serve my (digital) students? The online presence has been continuously growing since roughly the turn of the century. The Online Learning Consortium just published a report on online learning for 2015, from which we can the pervasiveness of the online classroom: “More than one in four students (28%0 now take at least one distance education course (a total of 5,828,826 students, a year-to-year increase of 217,275)” (Online Report Card). Here at Chaminade, many of us are teaching both in brick and mortar classrooms and online as overloads. Online, I am not trying to replicate what I do in my brick and mortar classes. The brick and mortar experience translates badly, and the online experience is always already different. Nonetheless, I want to try and get at how we might improve our teaching, in both spaces, by strengthening the ways by which we employ Appropriate, Relevant, and Meaningful technology. My intention is thus to move critical thinking, writing, editing, and representation out into the digital realm.
Across three different English classes, I encourage the use of critical thinking in my students’ web life. Because students are already out there, my work with the widely known and used apps Instagram, Twitter, and Vine creates a space for the web to be more than mere entertainment. Here then, using the three sites to illustrate, are some examples.