As John Dewey said, “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” Using my background in English as a starting point, I want to understand how students with different learning styles are engaged and inspired by various mediums. Using that understanding, we can find methods of inspiring curiosity to engage readers in a text—even when reading is not what initially engages their desire to learn—while also helping students to contextualize and deepen the experience of reading literature in the 21st century.
Through diverse learning materials (podcasts, radio news pieces, primary documents, videos, TED talks, essays, etc.), I want to offer students a platform where they want to keep clicking on new material, like how one somehow wastes time clicking through various photos and texts on social media.
Design can inspire inquiry; digital humanities have the potential to deepen classroom discussions and turn literature into an experience that allows students to take part in and shape their learning.