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Our first #elitclass meeting

So nice to meet you on Monday morning!  I enjoyed meeting you all for the first time, and getting to know just a little bit about each of you.  I enjoyed my first official teaching day at UiB, and I can tell already that you will be a great group to work with this semester.  Please remember that I will be in Oslo from Wed-Fri this week for my Fulbright Award orientation program, so we will not meet this Wednesday (Aug. 23).

A review of what we did together on Monday:

-We introduced ourselves. (Thanks for playing along.)

-We talked/walked through the course website and syllabus.

To do for next Monday when we meet again:

-Please email me your class blog URL & your class twitter account. You should be ready to start tweeting each week with our class hashtag #elitclass (and feel free to use the hashtag #elit as well) .

-Read Pressman’s “Navigating Electronic Literature”.  This essay is located in “About Electronic Literature:  New Horizons for the Literary”.

-Surf the Electronic Literature Collections (Vols 1, 2, and 3)!  Please spend approximately one hour checking out each of the three volumes.  Just peak around and open up different texts to discover what awaits you there.  Start to search for a few texts you might want to choose for your review presentation.  We will settle the schedule next week for your review presentations next week, so consider what date you would like to present on (and make a mental “short list” of your top choices to work with).

As you look through the Electronic Literature volumes this week, please notice the expectations & strategies you bring to the texts. What do you like & why? What frustrates you and why?  Remember to be open to new experiences, because they are there, …just waiting.

Looking forward to next Monday.

Have a great rest of this week,

Dr. Zamora

Welcome to #elitclass

Welcome to “Writing Electronic Literature”.  Soon we will meet each other for the first time as a class, and an embark on a journey that will be transformative for all of us.  Some of you might have an idea of what Electronic Literature might be, while others are really not clear.  Some of you might feel relatively self confident in a technological environment, while others might feel more than a bit of trepidation.  Whether you fall into one of these categories or the other, I guarantee you will learn a great deal in this class.  You will learn many practical things, like how to work with new technologies that you have never been introduced to before.  But more importantly, you will all learn more about yourselves.  You are invited to jump into a new realm and explore and discover.  And you will have ample chance in this class to exercise both your analytical skills, and your imagination.

I look forward to speaking with all of you soon, as we discuss what this course can mean to all of us.  We will begin by collectively considering what literature is, and what new media and the digital realm might offer to expand our understanding of what literature can be.  Throughout our class together, this blog will be our “homebase”, and soon each of you will have your own linked blogs which will be syndicated here on this site.  This e-location for our work together will house our collective reflections, our resources, and our continuing conversation throughout the semester.

Here are a few videos to get that conversation started:

“How to Read A Digital Text”

 

 

“E-Literature Explained”

 

“The Electronic Literature Exhibit – MLA 2012”

Looking forward to getting know of each of you and working with you this semester!

Sincerely,

Dr. Zamora