Paper shows how role-play and freedom of "movement" in textual cyberspace inspire creative writing in foreign language students participating in an online MOO (Multi-User Domain, Object-Oriented) for German cultural studies.
|Keywords:||Second Language Acquisition, Creative Writing, Multi-User Domain, Object-Oriented, Technology and Creativity, German Cultural Studies and Technology|
Peggy Setje-Eilers has been Senior Lecturer of German and Teaching Assistant Supervisor since August 2003 in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at Vanderbilt University. She earned her Ph.D. in German at the University of Virginia in May 2003 with an interdisciplinary dissertation, "Faces: Maps, Masks, Mirrors, Masquerades in German Expressionist Literature, Cinema, and Visual Arts." She holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Erlangen, Germany, and Indiana University. She has been guest lecturer in American Studies and German Studies at the University of Dortmund, Germany, in the "Intercultural Classroom Program." Prior to her academic career, she developed and directed an in-house German language program at a German-owned manufacturing company in Indiana. She was one of six Vanderbilt recipients of the Provost's Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning with Technology. Peggy notes, "Enabling students to use their online skills in a creative learning environment allows them to internalize complex material in new ways."
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