Date of Submission

Spring 2022

Academic Program

Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literature; Computer Science; Experimental Humanities

Project Advisor 1

Keith O'Hara

Project Advisor 2

Melanie Nicholson

Abstract/Artist's Statement

With efforts to broaden participation in computing by integrating CS education into humanities and developing more critical pedagogy, this research focuses on teaching computing in a post-secondary Spanish literature class through analyzing Afro-Cuban poetry. Its goal was to evaluate how participants may use Twine to reflect on Afro-Cuban poetry and their own identities. A group of 5 participants, one professor, and five students, learned how to use Twine to create interactive narratives reflecting on “El apellido,” a poem by Afro-Cuban poet Nicolás Guillén. Through analyzing researcher notes, participants’ projects, post-workshop surveys, and interviews, the research revealed that students were able to engage with themes of identity through poetic analysis using Twine. Participants integrated their own identities into their projects, while also engaging with the literary themes of the poem. The experiences of the professor and a reluctant student are also highlighted in this work. This research shows how Twine can be used as a creative pedagogical tool to both teach students computing, how to analyze poetry using digital literacy methodologies, and empower them to think critically about their own identities.

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