Teaching Literature and Language Online

  • Editor: Ian Lancashire
  • Pages: viii & 462 pp.
  • Published: 2009
  • ISBN: 9781603290579 (Paperback)
  • ISBN: 9781603290562 (Cloth)
Teaching Literature and Language Online Cover

“Technology has progressed from what some might have thought was a passing fad to occupy center stage in many English and foreign language departments. This is a very rich set of contributions that exemplify the major and current practices in the field.”

—Robert Fischer, executive director, CALICO; Texas State University

“The collection offers those of us who teach literatures and languages online some excellent resources and guidelines for improved pedagogy.”

Rocky Mountain Review

Educators today teach in a range of formats, from traditional face-to-face courses to Web-assisted courses in physical classrooms to entirely online courses in which the teacher and students never meet in person. The pressure to integrate teaching with information technology is strong, and more and more educational institutions are offering blended courses and distance-education learning options.

The essays in this collection illuminate the realities of teaching language and literature courses online. Contributors present snapshots of their experiences with online pedagogies, realizing that, just as this year’s technology writes over last year’s, the approaches and teaching tools they have pioneered will also be obscured by future innovations. At the same time, the volume describes models that first-time teachers of online courses will find useful and provides extensive insights into online education for those who are experienced in teaching blended and open-source courses.

The volume begins with an overview of online education in the fields of literature and language and then offers case studies of particular technologies used in specific courses. Subjects extend from Old English and ancient world literature to Shakespeare and modern poetry, and languages include Aymara, Chinese, English as a second language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. Contributors describe using multimedia Web sites, cyberplay and gaming, bulletin boards, chat rooms, blogs, wikis, natural language processing, podcasting, course management systems, annotated electronic editions, text-analysis tools, and open-source applications. They show that online pedagogies often have surprising capabilities—such as transforming a Web-based environment into an intimate social community spanning institutions and oceans, saving endangered languages, and rescuing isolated communities and individuals who have no other educational lifeline.

Nike Arnold
Michael Best
Kristine Blair
Robert Blake
Laura L. Bush
Kathy Cawsey
Dorothy M. Chun
Martha Westcott Driver
James Fitzmaurice
Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Dawn M. Formo
Kathryn M. Grossman
Elizabeth Hanson-Smith
David V. Hiple
William Kuskin
Gillian Lord
Gerald Lucas
Mary Ann Lyman-Hager
Jerome McGann
Murray McGillivray
Douglas Morgenstern
Noriko Nagata
Kimberly Robinson Neary
Michael Papio
Massimo Riva
Geoffrey Rockwell
Haun Saussy
Stéfan Sinclair
Martha Nell Smith
Stephen L. Tschudi

Introduction: Perspectives on Online Pedagogy (1)

Ian Lancashire

Part I: Overview

From Web Pages to Distance Learning: Technology in the Foreign Language Curriculum (23)

Robert Blake

Writing as Process and Online Education: Matching Pedagogy with Delivery (38)

Kristine Blair

Tools for Teaching Language and Literature Online (53)

Elizabeth Hanson-Smith

Teaching World Languages Online (69)

Mary Ann Lyman-Hager

Humane Studies in Digital Space (89)

Jerome McGann

Between Language and Literature: Digital Text Exploration (104)

Stéfan Sinclair and Geoffrey Rockwell

Part II: Case Studies in Languages

Fostering Cohesion and Community in Asynchronous Online Courses (121)

Stephen L. Tschudi, David V. Hiple, and Dorothy M. Chun

Constructing Community: Online Response Groups in Literature and Writing Classrooms (147)

Dawn M. Formo and Kimberly Robinson Neary

Language in Action: Supporting Foreign Language Literacy Development with Online Discussions (165)

Nike Arnold

Aymara on the Internet: Language Education and Preservation (177)

Gillian Lord

MITUPV: Language, Media, and Distance in an Online Community (190)

Douglas Morgenstern

Part III: Case Studies in Literatures

The Literary Machine: Blogging the Literature Course (205)

Kathleen Fitzpatrick

The Literal and the Lateral: A Digital Early China for College Freshmen (217)

Haun Saussy

Old English Online at the University of Calgary (232)

Murray McGillivray

Medieval Literature and Multimedia: The Pleasures and Perils of Internet Pedagogy (243)

Martha Westcott Driver

Seeking the Best of Both Worlds: Online and Off-Line Shakespeare (254)

Michael Best

Writing, Reading, and Asynchronous Spontaneity in Online Teaching of Shakespeare (268)

James Fitzmaurice

Enabling Undergraduates to Understand Advanced Humanities Research: Teaching with the Dickinson Electronic Archives (278)

Martha Nell Smith

Solitary Confinement: Managing Relational Angst in an Online Classroom (290)

Laura L. Bush

An Online Poetry Course (for Carol) (310)

Kathy Cawsey and Ian Lancashire

Creating E-Learning Communities in Language and Literature Classes (331)

Kathryn M. Grossman

The Decameron Web, a Dozen Years Later (343)

Michael Papio and Massimo Riva

Hybrid World Literature: Literary Culture and the New Machine (358)

William Kuskin

World.Lit: Envisioning Literary Education Online (372)

Gerald Lucas

An Online Japanese Textbook with Natural Language Processing (384)

Noriko Nagata

The Open-Source English Teacher (410)

Ian Lancashire

Enabling Intellectual Collaboration: The Use of Wikis and Blogs (427)

Martha Nell Smith

Resources (431)

Notes on Contributors (445)

Index of Names (451)

Index of Software (459)