here’s one attempt (erik’s) to illustrate how you might author the final exam collaboratively; it’s kind of buried in the body of the final exam page, so I’m posting it here as well lest you miss it…
â€œâ€¦would the Internet as â€˜the communicative backbone of real intellectual and civic changeâ€™ become a reality sooner if Digital HumanistsÂ [STUDENTS]Â become more vocal about their work? Itâ€™s an exciting field, thereâ€™s no denying that.â€ Â This is the question that Schlitz turned back at us on our last day of discussion. She ended the last discussion of the semester with this.Â That means itâ€™s important. Â That means she cares about our opinions and believes that other people do, too. Â Natalie started us off strong and I wouldnâ€™t change a thing about her second point, that (not-so)modern-day centralized learning is inconsistent and resistant to our collaborative internet culture: itâ€™s exactly the sort of thing the digital immigrants need to hear from us. Â Allow me to try my hand at itâ€¦
The students in this class were born in a transitional stage: we have proved to be pretty adept in all things digital, but we were heavily influenced by the aging technology of our parents and grandparents. Â With the technological advancements that occur every day (and will continue to occur into the future), we canâ€™t imagine the digital landscape that the babies of 2010 will be growing up in. Â Should we be worried for them? Â No, of course not. Â â€Every generation has faced new technology and thought that their children would be profoundly affectedâ€¦just because they may experience childhood through a different medium, they will still experience childhood and gain crucial experiences necessary to become an adultâ€ [quote from Katrina at the bottom of my post, “Digital Literature (and more Cute Babies)”, here]. Â The format of a childrenâ€™s book, for instance, wonâ€™t really alter the effect of a masterful storyteller. Â Children will still roar like the Wild Things and get lost in Seussâ€™ colorful landscapes regardless of how they are delivered.Â Â â€People will always crave entertainment, just in new forms, new mediumsâ€ [Natalie’s comment – same post] â€” â€œAnd I think that no matter how technology changes, literature will go with it [Jordyn’s comment – you get the idea].