The Literature Classroom Online: Irish Literature and Film Goes Digital

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This paper traces the development of an online interdisciplinary General Education course in the Humanities. It documents the challenges faced in creating an online film and literature course and the ways in which online learning helped solve many of the problems faced in the traditional classroom. It follows the process of taking the objectives of the General Education program at James Madison University and adapting them to the digital classroom, including the pedagogical shifts required. It also documents the beginnings of an assessment program facilitated by this shift. This process has resulted in a course which utilizes the tools more familiar to current college students to present a an engaging study of ongoing political and social conflicts as embodied in the literature and films of Ireland. The presentation will explore the ways the web-based learning environment helps keep students engaged in the course by linking it with the current state of affairs in Ireland which has been especially significant in the past two years. It will also explore the ways this shift has opened the process to the different learning styles students bring to the courses. All of this has had a significant impact on my pedagogy both online and in the traditional classroom which I will discuss. The talk will focus on the process and the practical resources available to facilitate this change.


Keywords: Online Pedagogy, Literature, Humanities, Pedagogy, Assessment
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Susan Facknitz

Associate Professor, English Department, James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA

Susan Facknitz is an associate professor of English at James Madison University. She holds an M.F.A. from The University of Virginia. Her specialties are Irish Literature, poetry and creative writing. She has been teaching online for five years and has presented on online teaching at several conferences. She is interested in the transformation of the literature classroom by technology as well as the concurrent transformation of literature. She has presented her work in Ireland as well as the United States and has published in Ireland, The United States and Canada.

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