Digital English: A Handbook for the 21st Century Classroom: Deadline Extended

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
University of Tasmania

CFP: Digital English: A Handbook for the 21st Century Classroom

Edited by Naomi Milthorpe, Robert Clarke, Joanne Jones, and Robbie Moore.


Submissions due: October 31, 2017.


New university students are digital natives; our classrooms filled with technology. Our students are increasingly online only – distanced by the demands of economics, geography, or time. Yet as English scholars, most of our training has been with physical materials and face-to-face methods: books, paper, discussion. So what are the best methods of using technology in our classrooms? How, why, and when should we use it?

The editors seek proposals of original, adaptable and proven exercises, assignments, and techniques using digital, online and mobile technology, for inclusion in a practical handbook of teaching methods for engaging with students in the tertiary English classroom – whether physical or virtual.

English broadly defined (literary studies, creative writing, composition, professional writing, cultural studies, media studies, drama and film studies, and critical theory) is taught widely in universities nationally and internationally, with new teaching appointments every year. More and more universities are transplanting their courses into the online realm. Yet it is difficult to find teaching handbooks that offer ideas, tips and practical solutions for tertiary teachers to improve their teaching using the affordances of mobile and e-technologies, or to help with the transition to online or blended teaching. We envision this handbook as a practical resource that educators can use whatever their stage of teaching, including tips, advice, and best practice pedagogy that has been tested by experience.

Structured so that educators can hit the ground running, whatever their stage of teaching, Digital English: A Handbook for the 21st Century Classroom will offer a comprehensive handbook of exercises, techniques and tips specifically designed for use in the undergraduate English classroom, face-to-face or online.



We seek 500-1000 word classroom exercises, online activities, assessment strategies, and course design ideas. We welcome submissions that work with a specific author, topic or genre (Wordsworth, critical race theory, Hollywood musicals), but will particularly value exercises that can be adapted to a variety of authors, subjects, periods, modes and critical frameworks.

We seek submissions in the areas of:

  • Creative e-tivities
  • Digital storytelling
  • Discussion boards and webinars
  • Blogs
  • Quizzes
  • Wikis and other community knowledge generators
  • Mobile technology in the physical classroom
  • Databases, graphs and distant reading tools
  • Troubleshooting
  • Using Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas) creatively and effectively
  • Online course design


Our ideal submission has the following qualities:

  • written in engaging and informal language immediately accessible to the user
  • short, snappy title
  • provides step-by-step instructions: how much preparation it requires from teachers or students, level of difficulty, writing component, duration, group size
  • reflects on how it works – did the students enjoy this activity, how did they demonstrate their learning, what was your experience, what kinds of discussions or questions did it generate


Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2017.

Contributors will be notified of their inclusion in the handbook by November 30, 2017.

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