NeMLA 2017: Teaching with Technology or Technology with Teaching? (roundtable)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association 2017 Annual Convention
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As budget priorities and funding principles continue to shift in university administrations and government policies favoring the further advancement of STEM fields, one of the most salient, emerging strategies to bolster enrollment in foreign language and humanities courses has been to embrace technology in teaching both within the classroom and without. Indeed, the need to incorporate technology at the foundation of course offerings is evidenced in its frequent mention in course descriptions and even in announcements for new faculty and lecturer searches. An announcement in the Spring of 2016, for example, specifically cited experience in the “latest” applied technology for language pedagogy as a desirable quality, revealing a curious slippage of terminology between the praxis of industry and the theory of pedagogical approach. The development of this emphasis on teaching with technology is so rapid, however, that it seems to rival changes in technology itself, which are so volatile in some cases that its application in the classroom, be it physical or virtual, risks creating more problems than it solves. Kelli Marshall’s piece on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Vitae website on grading digitally with Notable PDF (https://chroniclevitae.com/news/1123-grading-digitally-with-notable-pdf) is a striking case in point: in the time between the article’s submission and subsequent publication, the very name of the software in question had changed. Names change. Features are added or removed. Access models change. Browser or OS updates disrupt certain features temporarily or permanently, and instructions for students or fellow colleagues may obsolesce at any time without advance notice. In light of these developments, this roundtable raises a central question concerning pedagogical focus: is this teaching with technology or technology with teaching? Scholars and instructors with compelling experiences in technology or reflections thereon ​are cordially invited to contribute to a discussion on this increasingly pertinent aspect of the profession.

Please submit abstracts ​(~200 words) in English by September 30, 2016 by visiting this link: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/16311

Inquiries for further information or clarification are always welcome.