Dr. Caroline Miles & I are both applying to attend THATCamp and are submitting a joint proposal. We're both professors in the English department at the University of Texas-Pan American, where teach Victorian (Dr. Mitchell) and American (Dr. Miles) literature, frequently in fully online courses. Situated on the border of Mexico, UTPA serves a largely working-class student population. Like many students across the country, their work and family circumstances make them eager to take fully online courses. We're dedicated to finding ways to enhance humanistic inquiry and learning online.

  • Enhancing Digital Content in Online Courses


    (Posting on behalf of Rebecca Mitchell & Caroline Miles)

    We’re both literature professors in the English department at the University of Texas-Pan American where we frequently teach fully online/reduced seat time courses; between us we have experience using Second Life, Blackboard, WebCT, Wimba, and Tegrity, to name a few technologies.

    At THATCamp we’re particularly interested in reconciling two potentially clashing ideals. Neither of us believe in teaching literature primarily through lecture, and we are interested in technologies which allow us to replicate online the student collaboration and independent literary analysis that we conduct in a live classroom.   At the same time, having worked to develop our familiarity with interfaces and software, we are now really interested in learning about other ways to build content online, not just enhancing the mode of delivery.

    We are curious about ways in which technologies relate to content outside of the classroom, and curious to learn how others ensure that content remains the focus in an online learning environment without depending on posting lecture notes/recorded lectures or turgid learning modules.

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