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…

Erik Kile:

“…would the Internet as ‘the communicative backbone of real intellectual and civic change’ become a reality sooner if Digital Humanists [STUDENTS] become more vocal about their work? It’s an exciting field, there’s no denying that.”  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.  That means it’s important.  That means she cares about our opinions and believes that other people do, too.  Natalie started us off strong and I wouldn’t change a thing about her second point, that (not-so)modern-day centralized learning is inconsistent and resistant to our collaborative internet culture: it’s exactly the sort of thing the digital immigrants need to hear from us.  Allow me to try my hand at it…

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.  With the technological advancements that occur every day (and will continue to occur into the future), we can’t imagine the digital landscape that the babies of 2010 will be growing up in.  Should we be worried for them?  No, of course not.  ”Every generation has faced new technology and thought that their children would be profoundly affected…just because they may experience childhood through a different medium, they will still experience childhood and gain crucial experiences necessary to become an adult” [quote from Katrina at the bottom of my post, “Digital Literature (and more Cute Babies)”, here].  The format of a children’s book, for instance, won’t really alter the effect of a masterful storyteller.  Children will still roar like the Wild Things and get lost in Seuss’ colorful landscapes regardless of how they are delivered.  ”People will always crave entertainment, just in new forms, new mediums” [Natalie’s comment – same post] — “And I think that no matter how technology changes, literature will go with it [Jordyn’s comment – you get the idea].

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