From Poetry Slams to Lulu: Increasing Student Inner Commitment in a Digital Age

By Christine Hansen and Donna Duellberg.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Student learning engagement is examined through the lens of inner commitment. Two methods of using digital media in online learning are examined as potential catalysts of student learning engagement. In one approach, production of a published class book is examined as a method of increasing student investment in class writing. In another approach, the restoration of lost prosodic information in oral poetic performance is examined as a means of increasing student interest in poetry. The transition from written to oral poetic texts (and vice-verse) is examined in terms of formal information theory, and it is argued that there are lost statistical "degrees of freedom" in a written text that inhibit student learning engagement. Restoration of the lost information is advocated as a means of restoring student emotional engagement with poetic texts.

Keywords: Poetry Slam, Oral Performance, Online Learning, Student Engagement, Andragogical, Information Theory, Informational Entropy, Prosody, Digital Age

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp.11-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 276.498KB).

Dr. Christine Hansen

Assistant Professor of Arts & Sciences (Embry-Riddle), Arts & Sciences, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Kailua, HI, USA

Dr. Christine Hansen is a past Director of Academics and Assistant Professor at for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She received the Norman Meller Award a few years ago from the University of Hawaii, is a recipient of a California statewide JACC award, a lifetime member of AIAA, and is a former member of MENSA. Hansen is interested in formal information theory and how language can be represented formally be computers and in applications to robotics. Dr. Hansen worked on a National Science Foundation project to create a machine-human system for historical linguistics, and she also conducted research on event-based electronic surveillance of emerging infectious disease at Project Argus in Washington, D.C. and at the Global Disease Detection Operations Center (GDDOC) of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. This research investigated how cutting-edge computer systems can aid in the early response to outbreaks of infectious disease. She is also an avid commercial space advocate and entrepreneur.

Dr. Donna Duellberg

Regional Education Services Officer, U.S. Coast Guard District 14, USA

Donna Duellberg, Ed.D., is the Regional Education Services Officer for the Coast Guard’s District 14 (US Territory of Guam, Commonwealth of the Marianas Islands, American Samoa, Japan, Singapore and Coast Guard Cutters: Ahi; Assateague; Galveston Island; Jarvis; Kiska; Kittiwake; Kukui; Rush; Sequoia; Walnut and Washington). The Base Honolulu Learning Center has received national recognition for numerous initiatives speared by Donna, to include its outreach programs and innovated use of technology such as video-teleconferencing classes, automated testing, and sending professors underway on cutters during patrols. In February 2010 she was honored at the CCME conference as co-recipient of the prestigious Barry Comb Government Award and in 2011, she was a recipient of NUTN’s 2011 Shirley David Award for Excellence in Synchronous Distance Learning.

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