This topic is actually a portion of what I’m incorporating into my thesis. With all the concerns we have in the digital sphere of learning, there’s a lot to gain for the English departments across the country and the world. Twitter and other sites as mentioned in the “What is Digital Humanities and What’s it doing in English Departments?” article have gotten people to express themselves through writing and other new ways of communication.
The digital sphere as we’ve heard time and time again allows for students to have a feedback audience quicker and more substantive than just their professor and classmates. The choice of blogging with photos, colors and designs also makes students extra excited to start writing their responses to articles. It also helps more reserved and quiet students out in the network sharing their ideas and points with the world.
There is also a lot of resistance from longtime educators who are used to doing things a certain way and see that this digital sphere is a threat to how things should be in their eyes. This field needs people to be bold and take this risk of taking on this whole new sphere of learning. Overall this will keep modern students completely engaged in their English classes than the typical class of today. Some classes have resorted to abolishing the use of digital devices while in the classroom but as technology is expanding and more used this will do more harm than good in ensuring classroom engagement. Digital humanities is the answer to keeping students engaged and motivated to continue learning.