Rowing Alone: Technology and Democracy in the Humanities Classroom

By Paul Schacht.

Published by The Technology Collection

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American colleges and universities are engaged in a renewed effort to educate students for democratic citizenship. Faculty in the humanities have both a cultural and a professional interest in being part of this effort,
and the digital revolution has enhanced their ability to do so. Social computing can foster civic pedagogies - learning practices that develop skills of democratic participation - and digital technology has spawned civic issues, such as the purpose of copyright, that cannot be fully analyzed without
the concepts and vocabulary of the humanities. But to take advantage of the new pedagogical opportunities offered by technology, and to lead intelligent discussion of the new issues raised by it, humanists must overcome their present
digital illiteracy.

Keywords: Civic Engagement, Digital Technology, Social Computing, Wiki, Collaborative Learning, Democracy, Community, Pedagogy, Literature, Copyright, Culture

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.61-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 560.494KB).

Dr. Paul Schacht

Associate Professor, English, State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, NY, USA

Paul Schacht is Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where since 1985 he has taught courses in Victorian literature, humanities, and writing. He holds an A.B. in English from the University of Michigan (1976) and a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Stanford University (1984). His research interests include Victorian fiction and the use of digital pedagogies in literary study. He has published on Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, and Mark Twain and has described his wiki, The Collaborative Writing Project, in the online book Using Wiki in Education.

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