Finals week at Millikin University recently came to a close, and as a culmination to the fall semester, a group of literature majors took the opportunity to present their Capstone research projects to an audience of fellow students and faculty on Dec. 13.
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The event on Dec. 13 was in the form of a "mock" academic conference, with each student given 15-20 minutes to present their research.
"Overall, I was so pleased with the presentations from our senior literature majors," Dr. Magagna said. "There was a wide breadth of topics, from close-readings of individual digital texts, to genre analyses, to contemplations on the new opportunities for storytelling offered through digital media and video games."
Emma Hoyer, an elementary education major from Champaign, Ill., made a strong pedagogical presentation on how to expand writing opportunities for students through the use of the free digital, branching-narrative tool Twine.
Dr. Magagna added, "These were thoughtful, complex presentations, and did a wonderful job representing the hard work these students have dedicated both to the study of digital literatures this semester, but also to the study of all literature over the course of their majors here at Millikin."
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"This was an excellent Performance Learning opportunity for them," Dr. Magagna said. "As seniors – several of whom are either headed into the classroom as teachers or as graduate students – this was a fantastic chance to practice the profession of literary scholarship by formally presenting their work in a mock conference environment."
After each student presented, a panel discussion was held with all five students.