I often assign students multimodal projects in addition to written work. My students have shown me just how powerful using new technology can be to the teaching of literature, composition and cultural studies. My students learn how to analyze literature in conjunction with film, multimedia applications, comic books, and documentaries. They are then asked to develop not only written essays, but GoogleMap essays, films, websites, posters, podcasts, skits, and oral presentations.
ENGL 1102: Blake 2.0 – William Blake and Media
Students were asked to adapt a Blakean character, quote, or idea in a film, poster, skit, or song.
|Atlanta: After Blake’s London|
|Dare Frame Thy Fearful Symmetry|
|Reptiles of the Mind|
ENGL 1102: Comics and Graphic Novels (Fall 2010)
This semester-long project asked students to pitch, write, advertise, illustrate, storyboard, ink, color and produce a 22-page graphic novel.
|The Adventures of Captain Victorious Across Time and Space|
|The Little Siren|
ENGL 1102: Migration and Adaptation in Nineteenth-Century British and Twentieth-Century Postcolonial Literature (Spring 2010)
This project asked students to use pins, videos, and images from a GoogleMap to enhance the visual capabilities of literary criticism.
|Maps of Disgrace|
|Paul Bowles and Professors|
|The Power of Language through Transnational Migration|
Students researched one of the main characters from Moore and Campbell’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, teasing out postcolonial themes.
|Dracula and Postcolonialism|
|20,000 Leagues of Nemos|
|Satirizing Imperialism in War of the Worlds|
|Pacifying Dr. Moreau|
For this project, students researched topics in Emory University’s recently acquired Salman Rushdie Archive and created digital compositions displaying their work.
|God is Dead|
|Celebrities: Role Model or Deity?|
|The Humanization of the Angel Gibreel|
|Faith and Pain|
ENGL 1101: Disability and Adaptive Technology (Fall 2009)
This project asked students to recreate the lived experience of a disability in a skit, a film, or a podcast.
|Muscular Dystrophy News Part 1, and Part 2|
|Prospagnosia Part 1, and Part 2|
|Cochlear Implant Sonata — Winner of the 2009-2010 Georgia Tech Award for Best Student Writing and Communication Project.|
The third project asked students to research a specific “controversial” adaptive technology and show how its application transforms human experience.
|Will Blindness Soon be Obsolete?|
|How Science is Helping People Help Themselves|