Literature, Rhetoric, and Technology: Fostering Innovation in Theory and in Practice (Roundtable)


Rhetoric & Composition / Pedagogy & Professional

Chelsea Horne (American University)

As we move forward in this new normal, there is an urgent need, at both national and global levels, for critical investigations into the humanistic, scientific, and social scientific impacts of the coronavirus, both societally and in academia. It’s possible, likely even, that your current research and teaching focuses are not directly related to epidemiology. Regardless, your research and/or teaching has undoubtedly been affected by the pandemic. Now is a key moment to lean into the many robust opportunities for teaching developments and enhancements.

This roundtable will bring together thinkers and practitioners to explore and discuss the intersection of innovation and tradition through the lens of incorporating and implementing technology in the classroom, both in theory and in practice. What innovations can we foster? Can, and should we, uphold previous traditions? How do we reconcile preconceived methods with a rapidly changing world and digital landscape? How can engage students experientially through active learning environments? How can we best adapt and evolve teaching practices to quickly changing situations, such as the unprecedented mid-semester transition to online teaching in spring 2020, and how can we establish a system that promotes long-term planning with technological innovations? How does all this work in theory and also in practice?

This roundtable invites participants to engage in conversation on theoretical frameworks, practical applications/designs, or a hybrid of theory and practice on the topic of technology innovations in the classroom. Discussions of previous successes, current challenges, and future visions of implementation are welcome.

This roundtable will bring together thinkers and practitioners to discuss the intersection of innovation and tradition through the lens of incorporating technology in the classroom, both in theory and in practice. How do we reconcile preconceived methods with a rapidly changing world and digital landscape?