Digital Humanities, Pitfalls and Possibilities

Since Cathy has already posed some questions about poetry, I’ll offer a few prompts about the digital humanities (DH) readings, though feel free in your comments to address any aspect of the reading that compelled you. This week we looked at various digital humanities projects (The Knotted Line, #BarrioEd, etc.), curated artifact collections (Digital Pedagogy), and essays on the digital […]

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(Mostly) American Literature on (Many) Modes of Learning

As promised, for this class we are going to be focusing on literature–mostly American, mostly poetry.   And also on Digital Humanities. When I selected my contributions, I was especially inspired by Ivan Illich’s idea that one repressive function of formal, compulsory education is to teach people that they are somehow defective if they are not good at “academics.”  This excludes […]

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Many questions, some answers

This week’s readings, which started out looking like a hodge-podge of loosely related items when we were creating the syllabus, came together in some really interesting ways. More than that, they worked together to pose and answer (but mostly pose) persistent questions about politics, education, and American society. We keep circling back to these questions in our class, but I’ve […]

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What Games Have to Teach Us About the Literacy of Student-centered Learning

“When people learn to play video games, they are learning a new literacy.” James Paul Gee links the literacy of game play with areas where specific activities take place, what he calls semiotic domains, and he directs us to think of them in terms of content, context, interpretations, affinities, perspectives, and distinct “design grammars” that can manipulate and that we […]

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A Student of Hanging Students

“Suppose a man–a civilian and student of hanging–should elude the picket post and perhaps get the better of the sentinel,” said Farquhar, smiling, “what could he accomplish?” Ambrose Bierce, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge IV. AS what we’ve got here is a marvelously complex and brilliant failure to communicate, let’s get on the same page with an exercise: plumb the depths of the quote above, descending via any […]

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Naming ,Claiming and Changing our Philosophies

Wednesday’s syllabus session was definitely a unique and rewarding experience for me. I have worked on group projects before both in the classroom setting and in my employment settings.  Being a member of a four person admin team for an employee-peer drug and safety program requires I assist in preparing meeting agendas for quarterly meetings, and in a few of my undergrad courses I have had professors pair […]

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Access to Success

These readings were particularly fascinating after the syllabus jam session. It was interesting to take a step back, after so closely interacting with a diverse group of people, all of whom have somewhat different academic backgrounds and goals, to create a syllabi and then read about how different learning styles can drastically shift the dynamics of a classroom. It made […]

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