A Final Word
What the Feedback Taught Me
The advice I received in the student comments under Collaboration
stung at times but was none the less appreciated. Because these experiences
and the technology that made them possible were new to all of us, I and
the class developed an extraordinary sense of teamwork that was new to
me with a freshman/sophmore level class. The students helped me "learn
by doing" as they did the same, but even more importantly, they taught
me to be more comfortable with less control over the class experience.
This letting go of control is inevitable when a teacher incorporates interactive
technology in the classroom. Intertwining different technologies
as I did in this course accelerated the process, but it also provided the
feedback mechanisms that helped me adjust, survive, and even, to a degree,
thrive in cyberspace.
My Ongoing Education
If you'd like to see what I've done in other classes (for gen ed., English
majors, and graduate students), take a look at the syllabi and other materials
homepage. I have used the WWW, the WWWboard, and hypertext fiction
in these courses (only the MOO experience was entirely new to me for this
Honors class); there are also student web projects available that were
created for a senior seminar. I will continue to explore the uses
of technology for literature classes, and I invite you to check back with
me occasionally to see what I'm up to, and to write to me to tell me what
you've been experimenting with.
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