UPDATE: Old Books, New Media: Using Technology to Teach Pre-1900 Texts (4/25/06; MMLA, 11/9/06-11/12/06)

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Elizabeth Coker
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Where: Midwestern Modern Language Association (MMLA) Conference in Chicago, November 09-11, 2006

Panel: Old Books, New Media: Using Technology to teach Pre-1900 Texts
With the advent of computer classrooms, web-based archives, digital storytelling, and a host of other technological marvels, technology in the literature classroom has moved beyond the occasional Zeffirelli or Merchant Ivory film to encompass a wide range of problems and possibilities for teachers and students alike.

How can we use digital media to connect students to "old books"? To what extant is technology a help or a hindrance in a pre-1900 literature classroom? How do we confront the increasing problems of plagiarism, source reliability, and complex documentation strategies? If we are teaching in a computer classroom, to what extent do we monitor/ censor how our students use the Internet in class? How has digital media changed our expectations for student writing and research? How has our own research process changed, as we balance teaching and scholarship in the digital world? These and many other questions arise when we begin to consider both the real and the philosophical impact of technology in the literature classroom. We invite papers that confront these or related questions, and we are interested in both actual classroom practice as well as pedagogical theory.

Please send a brief biography (no more than 150 words) and paper abstract (no more than 500 words) to Elizabeth Coker, University of Texas at Dallas, ecokerutd_at_yahoo.com by April 25, 2006.

We do not truly see light, we only see slower things lit by it, so that for us light is on the edge--the last thing we know before things become too swift for us.

C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet
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