Devan Tozzo ME Final

Author

Devan Tozzo

Department

English

Date

Spring 2019

Degree Name

Master of Arts in English (M.A.)

Type of Paper/Work

Essay

Advisors

Dr. Martin Warren, Dr. Laura Zebuhr, Dr. Larry Swain

Abstract

The dawn of the Digital Age has and will continue to change how we approach education. With the widespread availability of new tools and resources at our disposal, it is time to begin exploring these new digital frontiers through the lens of writing studies. Unlike former studies which primarily focused on incorporating text-based social media, this study incorporates Twitch and Discord into a weekly student-lead study group. This study group was developed with the intention to fill a much-needed hole in Twitch’s platform: education. After reviewing attendance and participation statistics, results suggest that if appropriately structured, Twitch and Discord are viable options to increase self-directed learning. Moreover, as Twitch is a public platform, it would cast a wider demographic net than simply those physically in the classroom. Results showed participants sharing their works, tutoring one another, and using the practices role-modelled during Study Group streams in their own communities. Limitations discovered include lack of internet access, digital illiteracy, lack of real face-to-face interaction, and insufficient incentives.

Keywords

Twitch, tutoring, pedagogy

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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