Teaching with Images in Composition Courses
NeMLA 2021 Conference, Philadelphia, PA
College students operate in an increasingly digital environment that is saturated with images and other visual material, yet they often overlook critical readings of the media they encounter each day. Given that students often enjoy looking at and discussing images, and considering images’ power to shape assumptions about our world, this panel will examine pedagogies that use images to teach critical thinking and writing skills in the composition classroom. Many educators use images as prompts for writing, but this panel goes well beyond such an approach to explore how we might translate the complex skills developed through describing, questioning, critiquing, and contextualizing images to the writing process. How might visual analysis be harnessed to “level the playing field” in classes where students sometimes have vastly different levels of preparedness for reading and writing at the college level? How could images be employed to introduce students to the principles of summary, argument, peer review, and citation? Which methods of visual analysis are most effective for developing student writing? What are the benefits and drawbacks to incorporating interdisciplinary class activities into core writing courses? These are but a few of the questions this panel seeks to address through papers that discuss pedagogical strategies that bring visual analysis and composition together in novel ways.
Abstracts should be submitted on the NeMLA website by September 30, 2020: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/CFP