As digital tools radically alter the ways instructors teach and students learn, the material resources of special collections offer an opportunity to reflect on the pedagogical differences between online and material instruction. The authors theorize that an embodied learning experience with physical materials engages students’ intellects, bodies, and emotions in ways that encourage critical thinking about information formats.
Embodied Learning in a Digital Age: Collaborative Undergraduate Instruction in Material Archives and Special Collections
Amy Gore is assistant professor in early American literature at North Dakota State University. She received her doctoral degree at the University of New Mexico, and she also holds an MA in Native American Studies from Montana State University, an MA in English from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, and a BA in English from Eastern University, Pennsylvania. Her current book project, Material Matters: Paratextual Bodies in Nineteenth-Century Indigenous Book History, theorizes the material relationships between books and bodies to claim the book itself as a form of embodied power relations. Her most recent publication is featured in the fortieth-anniversary issue of Studies in American Indian Literatures, and her awards include the Center for Regional Studies Hector Torres Fellowship, the Bibliographic Society for the University of Virginia Scholarship, and the Davis and Fresch Literature Teaching Award. She has taught widely in composition, literature, and Native American studies, and she currently serves on the Executive Committee for the MLA Forum on the Indigenous Literatures of the United States and Canada.
Glenn Koelling is assistant professor, learning services librarian, and English language and literature liaison at the University of New Mexico. She holds an MLIS from the University of Denver, an MA in English literature from Port-land State University, and a BA in both English literature and French from the University of Montana. Her research interests include graduate assistants’ understanding of information literacy, early undergraduates in the archives, and gamification.
Amy Gore, Glenn Koelling; Embodied Learning in a Digital Age: Collaborative Undergraduate Instruction in Material Archives and Special Collections. Pedagogy 1 October 2020; 20 (3): 453–472. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15314200-8544521
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