Informal Presentation 1

For your first informal presentation, you’ll have 5-10 minutes + 5-10 minutes of Q&A/discussion to share your thoughts.

Skim through the online collections linked here:

Online resources for literature/theory:

  1. Stanford Lit Lab Pamphlets:
  2. Companion to Digital Literary Studies:
  3. Debates in Digital Humanities (2012 and 2016 editions):

Online resources for composition/pedagogy:

  1. Hybrid Pedagogy:
  2. [need to be logged in via Marymount library] Computers and Composition:

You will notice that the Stanford pamphlets are more “theoretical”; the Digital Literary Studies site is more practical; and the Debates in DH is more disciplinary–that is, it looks at the “discipline” of digital humanities. Computers and Composition and Hybrid Pedagogy are two important journals in composition and pedagogy studies.

After you’ve skimmed through, pick one topic to read about more fully and share with the class. The Debates in DH text is composed of several short essays–choose a whole section from that text, if you choose to work with that one, so you get a good idea of the discussion. The scholarly journals, you might choose one or two related articles.

On the day of the informal presentation, you will be asked to share your reading–explain it to the class and lead a discussion on it:

  1. What did you pick, and why?
  2. What is the author’s key or central topic/issue?
  3. What is the author arguing or explaining?
  4. What are the “stakes” or importance of this topic/issue?
  5. Take questions/discuss

You can choose to stand in front of the class, but as this is an informal presentation, I encourage you to stay seated. Imagine that you are simply leading a conversation that you, just as much as your peers, are learning about, but about which you have slightly more information because you have done more reading–but you are still novice! There is no need for powerpoints or handouts.