Literature and Digital Pedagogies (MLA 2013, proposed special session)

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Petra Dierkes-Thrun, Stanford University
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Proposed special session for MLA 2013 (Boston, Jan. 3-6)

In the wake of the recent successes of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in Computer Science and other science and technical fields at MIT and Stanford, at Khan Academy and Udacity, it is time to think about what these new developments might mean for higher education in the humanities. For this proposed special session, I seek papers by tradtionally-trained teachers of literature and cultural studies (not necessarily Digital Humanities experts) who think and experiment creatively and pedagogically with new online strategies and media in their day-to-day teaching. What could, should, and shouldn't we do digitally to make the humanities newly relevant and exciting to our students and to the larger public in the 21st century? How might literary and cultural theory best meet digital pedagogical practice? What are some chances, problems, developments we should discuss today so that our teaching is smarter tomorrow?

300-500 word abstracts, send to Petra Dierkes-Thrun by March 26, 2012,