After “The Past and Future of Digital Humanities” Roundtable at MLA 2011, I began to think about this idea of panels. To demonstrate the uses of digital tools in the classroom, to really discuss failures, successes, student learning goals, syllabus construction, and the particulars of an assignment, the MLA would need to offer a roundtable or a digital poster session, similar to those I’ve hosted at SHARP conferences. For this particular session, I’m less interested in theorizing Digital Humanities — the nuts n’bolts, the physicality of bringing Digital Humanities to our students, that’s what I’m interested in.  Today was the deadline for proposals and boy are there are quite a few! Since the Presidential Theme for MLA 2012 focuses on teaching, this digital session will prove to be extremely timely and cogent (granted it gets in).

Electronic Roundtable Demonstrating Digital Pedagogy
MLA 2012
Seattle, Washington
January 5-8, 2012

Discussions about digital projects and digital tools often focus on research goals. For this electronic roundtable, we will instead demonstrate how these digital resources, tools, and projects have been integrated into undergraduate and graduate curriculum in alignment with the MLA 2012 Presidential Theme: Language, Literature, Learning. Proposals may include demonstrations of:

successful collaboration with undergraduates on your digital scholarly project;
specific assignments, including student learning goals, teaching strategies, successes/failures, grading rubrics;
integrating digital assignments with general education requirements;
assessment of student digital projects;
constructing syllabi with digital-focused assignments;
portals for collecting digital-focused syllabi and assignments.

This Roundtable session will contain up to eight presenters. Presenters will engage in informal discussion or offer interactive electronic demonstrations. Electronic roundtables allow attendees to circulate among eight stations that will be set up around the meeting room with appropriate audiovisual equipment.

Presenters are welcome from a broad range of institutions with a range of contexts and budget demands. Selection of participants will be based on a cross-spectrum of styles, classrooms, student experience, successes, and failures. If possible, we will try to submit two electronic roundtables; however, this is a Special Session not yet accepted by the MLA.

300-word proposals by March 1 to Katherine D. Harris (katherine.harris@sjsu.edu). Please email with questions.