Beyond the Essay: Assignment Innovation (MLA Convention - Jan. 3-6, 2013)

full name / name of organization: 
Tom Keegan and Matt Gilchrist/MLA Special Session

In this age of technological advancement, does the essay maintain its pedagogical utility? Are there assignment alternatives that better address the kinds of learning (and living) our students need (or desire) in the 21st century? To help answer such questions, we invite paper/presentation proposals that address the development and use of innovative assignments that extend and challenge the scope of the essay in undergraduate or graduate education.

Topics might include: multimedia projects, blogs, text mining, collaborative composition, service-learning, and civic engagement.

300-word abstracts due by March 20, 2012.