IGNITE Session

Creating a Digital Teaching Edition with Scalar

General Session IV
Fri. 10:30am-11:15am

The unavailability of teaching editions of early American texts, and the reluctance of publishers to invest in such works, has forced instructors to use online versions that are of variable quality and lack instructional apparatus. This Ignite presentation would showcase the results of a class project using Scalar, an open-access publishing platform, to create a digital teaching edition of Letters from an American Farmer. A student-generated text with context, annotations, and critical commentary, this project can evolve with each iteration. The result is a multimodal text that responds to the expectations of today’s learner and is replicable in many situations.

Mary Balkun

Mary McAleer Balkun is Professor of English and Chairperson of the English department at Seton Hall University.  Her research interests include early American poetry and travel narratives, material culture, and the American gothic and grotesque.  She is author of The American Counterfeit: Authenticity and Identity in American Literature and Culture, as well as articles on Phillis Wheatley, Sarah Kemble Knight, and the American grotesque, among others.  She is Associate Editor of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry, co-editor with Susan Imbarrato of Women of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire, and author of the forthcoming New World Upside Down: The Early American Grotesque.