I propose a session to share ideas about engaging students in course themes through digital means (hey, that rhymes!).
Currently I teach a course on analytical thinking and writing that explores the child as Other. Through the Challenge Project, a participatory out-of-class engagement project, we ask students to explore course concepts, essays, and materials in a way that is meaningful to them. Some of my students have used social media outlets like instagram and Twitter or collage/archiving programs like Storify and Pinterest to explore ideas and characters. Originally this assignment was developed by Jamie Marks (anthropology graduate student) to address participation for those students who were apprehensive about participating during classtime but who still had questions and ideas to explore.
And this project is the catalyst for this session. I would like a roundtable discussion about how we can encourage and guide students through engagement activities that make use of the digital ways they communicate.
I imagine participants sharing their stories about learning the platforms and developing course assignments.
I imagine participants sharing challenges they face and questions they have.
I imagine participants offering suggestions, critiques, and expertise.
I imagine participants leaving this session with practical ideas to engage their students outside of class.