"The image, in its simplicity, has no need of scholarship. It is the property of a naive consciousness; in its expression, it is youthful language."

--Gaston Bachelard,
The Poetics of Space (xix).



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Service in the Community

Many of my courses have a service-learning component, one that requires my students and me to work with agencies and organizations outside of class while reaching the stated activities of the course. This often takes the form of an assignment that asks students to participate in a significant way with our local environment and then to give back to that environment—either in the form of conclusions that coalesce out of research, services performed, or media developed.

Specifically, as part of Engl 30283 Cyberliteracy, students have worked with local Fort Worth area schools to assess the integration of digital literacy in those schools: how well K-12 schools are interweaving current technologies into both new and long-standing curricula. While they themselves begin to understand what it means to be digital literate (and why that matters in the creative economy), students also get to interact with teachers and administrators who are often leading the way in working with new technologies and digital literacy.

As another example, students in Engl 20333 Language, Text, and Technology, research about the earliest days of radio and TV by interviewing local seniors and then publishing their oral histories as digital vodcasts (video podcasts). Seniors receive a disc containing their vodcast that students have mixed with images in slideshow presentations.

Finally, students in Engl 30203 Urban Rhetorics perform mini-ethnographies on a city memorial of their choice, observing and analyzing the public debate around the establishment of the memorials, as well as the current-day influence the memorials have as a statement of land use and public space.



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Joddy R Murray, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and New Media

English Department, Texas Christian University
2800 South University Dr
Fort Worth,
TX 76129

Updated: 8/21/11