As part of the international conference ELO 2016, organized at the University of Victoria (British Columbia / Canada), a round table will provide a unique perspective on how to use e-lit in different pedagogical contexts, with consideration of differences in culture, language, technology and educational structure.
It is the first step of an international project that addresses the pedagogical dimension of e-lit, and seeks to situate e-lit pedagogy within a new “Digital Humanism.” The roundtable will emerge from participants’ pedagogical experiences using e-lit in settings ranging from informal audiences to seminars with doctoral students. This discussion will consider the current state of teaching e-lit across the globe, with representatives of different pedagogical settings and technological infrastructures. The goal is not an exhaustive global survey but examples showing challenges and future potentials. Participants will present short statements followed by open discussion with the participants and audience.
One direction is whether e-lit can be taught for itself, i.e. without direct reference to literary tradition or contemporary art practices. Certainly, it uses diverse skills, even in a brief workshop setting, and it is rooted in natural language ability. This suggests that e-lit pedagogy can be scaled for diverse settings. The panelists’ experience is that workshop participants are enthusiastic without previous knowledge of programming and contemporary literature. E-lit can be presented as an immediate tool for expressivity and creativity. It can be used with small children and in relationship to other subjects such as history, critical theory, philosophy, advertising, graphic design, etc.
Within this roundtable, Odile Farge will question the role of Digital Literature through the prism of Digital Humanism. She will present the International Conference (#HN2016) organised by UNESCO ITEN Chair (Innovation, Transmission and Digital Publication). Humanism is primarily a critical posture that can not be separated from freedom of expression or creativity. The desire to create an international network and the recognition of cultural diversity, through the workshop in Africa she participated in, (May 2016), give lights on the educational and humanistic vision that bears the digital literature and show how the pedagogical approach is essential to be aware of the rhetorical, defend and carry the values and humanism of the digital model.
Participants : Philippe Bootz (UP8), Sandy Baldwin (RIT), Odile Farge (UNESCO ITEN Chair), Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang (West Virginia University), Maria Goicoechea (Complutense, Madrid), Guillermo Rodriguez (IRICE Lab, Rosario, Argentine), Reham Hosny (Egyptian Arabic universities).