This essay discusses how and why one instructor uses a wiki as a space for students in a partially online American literature survey course to construct a class time line of American literature and history. Through participation in the class wiki, students are able to engage with course content in more expansive ways and to play active roles in creating course content; as such, the wiki is a space where the traditional teacher-student hierarchy is dismantled, as students and teacher collectively share the responsibilities of developing, assessing, and revising timeline content. In discussing the learning opportunities a wiki offers in a literature survey course, the author also argues that instructional technology and online tools should not be incorporated into courses merely to follow trends in digital humanities. Instead, digital and technological components should be thoughtfully integrated into humanities courses in ways that enhance and expand learning while furthering the objectives of the particular course.
Instructional Technology in the Literature Classroom: Using a Wiki to Construct an Interactive Time Line in an American Literature Survey Course
Melissa Dennihy; Instructional Technology in the Literature Classroom: Using a Wiki to Construct an Interactive Time Line in an American Literature Survey Course. Pedagogy 1 October 2017; 17 (3): 523–533. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15314200-3975623
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