Ball, Cheryl E. (2008, January 25). What’s the point of new media? Evaluating transitional, digital scholarship. Digital Literacies Group, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.
In this presentation, I address the recent MLA Task Force report, Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion (2006), which acknowledges an increasing need for thoughtful new strategies of evaluating digital scholarship in departments of English. I look at a contemporary heuristic (Warner, 2007) for reading and evaluating “webtexts” (texts that convey most of their meaning through text and hyperlinks) and compare them to “new media texts” that use multimodal elements to enact and convey meaning. The presentation is exploratory–just like the new media texts that it investigates–and discussion/interaction from the audience is encouraged.