I Lit: An E-Poetry, E-Portfolio Exhibit

Abstract: E-poetry creates opportunities to engage with literature in non-traditional ways. Students can transform works of poetry into multimedia compositions. In doing so, they learn new digital writing skills and enjoy extended engagement with the poems. Extending the act of citation to include reflections on the use of materials helps students to discuss their interpretations of the poems under study and to explain the decisions they make when composing e-poems. Multimedia reflections offer a new genre through which students can discuss composing processes and discover learning outcomes related to original projects. Portfolios drive continued revision, reflection, and learning.

Keywords: E-poetry, Reflection, Citation, Multimedia, Portfolios

Daniel Anderson is Professor of English, Director of the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative, and Director of the Studio for Instructional Technology and English Studies at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He studies digital rhetoric, teaching with technology, and alternative approaches to scholarship. His books on teaching include Connections: A Guide to Online Writing, Writing About Literature in the Media Age, and Beyond Words: Reading and Writing in a Digital Age. He also creates new media performance art and scholarship using the computer screen as a composing space. A full biography and more information can be found at http://iamdananderson.net/.

Emily Shepherd

Emily Shepherd is an undergraduate student at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studies History, English, and Education. She wants to become a middle school teacher and is interested in literacy and working with English Language Learners. She is particularly interested in incorporating multimedia composition in the classroom, which can be an effective method of engaging ELL students.