Marylhurst faculty members Meg Roland, Perrin Kerns and Keri Behre presented on Multimodal Pedagogies at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in March 2017.
Drs. Roland, Kerns and Behre discussed innovative pedagogies in technology and writing that encourage critical thinking, spatial analysis, visual literacy and creativity in their three-part presentation: Multimodal Pedagogies: Digital Storytelling, Map Essays, and Technology as Text.
Perrin Kerns kicked off the presentation, talking about digital storytelling, which brings together the written text with image and music. As students create short films driven by spoken narratives, the written text remains the central focus of the projects. The digital story emphasizes both digital and visual literacy, but, most importantly, gives the writing students new platforms to translate their writing for the digital audience. In addition to teaching digital storytelling at Marylhurst University, Dr. Kerns makes documentaries. Her short films have been shown at film festivals and on Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Next, Dr. Meg Roland spoke on Way Finding in the Spatial Humanities: Poetic Cartographies, Maps and Writing. Dr. Roland demonstrated how students can engage in spatial analyses of literary texts via the use of platforms such as StoryMaps and Google Maps. Such spatial analysis moves students from merely “plotting” the itinerary of the text to investigating issues of social and cultural relation revealed through spatial relations and scale. In addition to teaching classes on maps and literature and chairing the Department of Literature & Art at Marylhurst University, Dr. Roland writes about cartography and literature in the context of medieval and early modern culture.
Last but not least, Dr. Keri Behre presented on Technology as Text: Preventing Tech Burnout for Online Students. Online students need to maintain intellectual engagement with their courses but, in spending long periods of time at the screen, they undertake risks to their attentional capacity. In Dr. Behre’s class, students develop a plan to emphasize “class time” engaged in the online course space, “study time” in which they engage deeply with their writing and reading away from the screen, and “restorative time,” screen-free time during which they engage in activities that they find revitalize their intellectual capacities. In addition to directing the online English program and teaching classes in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama at Marylhurst, Dr. Keri Behre studies the history of intellectual technologies.
The Conference on College Composition and Communication supports and promotes the teaching and study of college composition and communication by sponsoring meetings and publishing scholarly materials, supporting a wide range of research, working to enhance the conditions for learning and teaching, and acting as an advocate for language and literacy education nationally and internationally.
Meg Roland, Perrin Kerns and Keri Behre teach in the B.A. in English Literature & Writing program at Marylhurst University. Their approach cultivates space, online and on campus, where future writing teachers, scholars and leaders can experiment with new digital approaches within the discipline of English literature and writing. Students learn the use of digital tools and how to critically engage with both technology and text.