Using Technology in the Research and Pedagogy of Medical Humanities
Through the relatable contexts of science, medicine and literature, and using current reasearch in the fields, as well as pertinent e-literatures and new media, I have energized my pedagogy, and, perhaps more importantly, my students. The social contract of an educator and a student is that I will convey the best knowledge possible, but I wasn't really doing that when I didn't include new media and e-literatures in my own research, or, in the classroom. Baudrillard's hyperreality may be integral, but it is also as real to students as their over-exposed, hyper-communicative lives played out on such elecronic spaces as Facebook, MySpace, and online gaming. The decentralization and globalization experienced by the student population of the twenty-first century is no longer just a theory,it's in praxis, and pegagogues must begin thepoiesis toward the same.
Keywords: Decentralization, Globalization, Science, Medicine, Literature, New Media, e-Literature, Facebook, MySpace, Hyperreality, Poiesis, Praxis
Dr. Rebecca Housel
Professor, College of Liberal Arts