Innovate to Educate Entry

Cogswell College

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier, COG: The New Face of Literary Publishing

What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?

COG: a multimedia literary publication staffed by students in my ENG299HA course - a hybrid course meeting on campus once a week, and in the ether the rest of the week. This hands-on, project-based course provides undergraduates with the nuts and bolts experience of running an international literary publication. Though they comprise the editorial staff, COG is not a venue for student work. Instead, the staff solicits content from writers, artists and luminaries. Beyond poems and stories, COG features
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What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

Some of the biggest challenges to this initiative included: 1. Bridging gaps between those students who were technology-focused but inexperienced in reading, analyzing and publishing literature and those who were literary industry-savvy but lacked technological skills. To meet that challenge, we used on-campus class time to hold nuanced discussions of literature, including that which was submitted to our editorial staff for consideration, by authors working in the U.S. and beyond; and our online
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What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Administrative and campus community-based support (and yes, this includes a willingness on the school/district's part to invest strategically in a tech' budget).
Faculty members who - in addition to being subject matter experts, experienced in teaching within their fields - are technologically savvy, or willing to learn new technologies, so that tech-based learning fully engages and supports students as a powerful instructional tool.
Accessible resources that are user-friendly for students and faculty, supported by reliable Wi-Fi and helpful tech' support professionals who keep things running smoothly.

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