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Forthcoming Book: T. Kayalis-A.Natsina (eds.), "Teaching Literature at a Distance: Open, Online and Blended Learning", Continuum, LondonThis book examines the challenges of teaching literature in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Universities and Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) in a wide range of national, cultural and linguistic contexts. Composed of 18 essays by literature scholars representing an international array of ODL, Virtual and traditional universities, the book presents cutting-edge explorations of seminal issues, such as literature pedagogy, curriculum building and canon debates, the uses of hypertext and other digital tools for literary instruction, the writing and evaluation of educational material and the teaching of digital literature. These issues are addressed from various critical and theoretical viewpoints, which reflect the authors’ long educational and administrative experience in a rich diversity of cultural and academic frameworks. Questions explored in the volume include:
• The status of literary studies in different ODL programs and systems
• Teaching literature in e-learning and b-learning programs
• Literary theory and ODL practices
• ODL programs and literary canons
• Literature pedagogy in ODL and VLE
• Distance vs. face-to-face literature teaching
• Uses of hypertext and other digital tools in literary studies
• Teaching digital literature
As the first scholarly attempt to bring together questions of literature pedagogy and issues in open and distance as well as virtual education, this book is an essential resource for literature instructors in ODL, e-learning and b-learning programs, as well as for scholars in more traditional academic settings, who can make literature courses more effective and stimulating by using techniques and tools developed for ODL and virtual learning.
*Contributors*:
Kristine Blair,
Professor and Chair of the Department of English, Bowling Green State University, USA
Laura Borràs
Castanyer,
Professor of Literature, Universitat Oberta
de Catalunya, Spain
Ellie Chambers,
Professor of Humanities Higher Education,
The Open University, UK
Frances Devlin-Glass,
Associate Professor of Literary Studies, Deakin University, Australia
Ayesha Heble,
Lecturer of English, International House,
Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Dimitrios Kargiotis,
Associate Professor of Modern Greek Studies,
Marc Bloch University, Strasbourg, France
Takis Kayalis,
Associate Professor of Modern Greek Literature,
The Hellenic Open University, Greece
Daniel T. Kline,
Associate Professor of English, University of Alaska Anchorage, USA
Raine Koskimaa,
Professor of Digital Culture,
University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
Ian Lancashire,
Professor of English,
University of Toronto, Canada
Louise Marshall and
Will Slocombe,
Lecturers, Department of English, University of Wales Aberystwyth, UK
Anastasia Natsina,
Associate Lecturer of Modern Greek Literature, The Hellenic Open University, Greece
Bob Owens,
Professor of English Literature, The Open University, UK
Todd Presner,
Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and
Jewish Studies, University of California Los Angeles, USA
Rui Torres,
Associate Professor of Literature, Fernando Pessoa University, Portugal
Dennis Walder,
Professor of Literature,
The Open University, UK
27/11/2008 12:00 πμ
Theodoros Chiotis' hypertext in Hyperrhiz.netResearcher Theodoros Chiotis has just published his hypertext "CodeSwitching 23µg" in the new media review "Hyperrhiz) [http://www.hyperrhiz.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=98&Itemid=59]
1/8/2007 12:00 πμ
"On Teaching Literature: Old Questions and New Challenges": Special Issue of the Arts and Humanities in Higher Education (6.2, June 2007)Takis Kayalis has guest-edited the special issue of the journal  Arts and Humanities in Higher Education (6.2, June 2007) on:  "On Teaching Literature: Old Questions and New Challenges". The contents of the volume are available at: http://ahh.sagepub.com/content/vol6/issue2/  
5/6/2007 12:00 πμ
"Literary Studies in Open and Distance Learning": International Conference in Ierapetra, Greece (7-9 April 2006)The 1st International Conference on Literary Studies in Open and Distance Learning was held in Ierapetra, 7-9 April 2006. The conference was organized by the Research Team openLit,  in cooperation with the International Research Group HERMENEIA: Literary Studies and Digital Technologies (http://www.uoc.edu/in3/hermeneia/eng/index.html) and The Hellenic Network of Open and Distance Education (http://www.opennet.gr). The conference was sponsored by the Municipality of Ierapetra and the Hellenic Ministry of Education. More information can be found at: http://www.openlit.gr/conf-Ierapetra.htm.  
15/4/2006 12:00 πμ
Participation in the International Conference "The Short Story in Greek and Foreign Literatures: Theory-Writing-Perception" (Athens, 8-11 December 2005)Anastasia Natsina participated in the International Conference of the Hellenic Society of General and Comparative Literature on "The Short Story in Greek and Foreign Literatures: Theory-Writing-Perception", which was held in Athens, 8-11/12/2005. Her paper was entitled: "Hypertext: An Alternative Way of Viewing Collections of Short Stories" (in Greek).
15/12/2005 12:00 πμ
New openLit PapersA special session on “Literary Studies in Open and Distance Learning” was organized by openLit at the HOU’s Third International Conference on Open and Distance Learning  (Patras, 11-13 November 2005). This session consisted of four papers by openLit members and was followed by discussion:

Takis Kayalis, “Literary Studies in Open and Distance Learning: Particularities, Methods, Materials”

Anastasia Natsina, “Literary Studies in British, Irish and Spanish Open Universities: A Critical Presentation of Educational Methods”

Antigone Vlavianou and Alexandra Ioannidou, “Literary Studies in French, German and Italian Open Universities: A Critical Presentation”

Christos Daniil, “A Hypertext Application for the Study of Modern Greek Literature in ODL: Solomos, Cavafy, Karyotakis”

The four papers were published, in extended and revised form, in the Conference’s Proceedings and are available (in Greek) at this website’s section on Papers-Reports-Samples/Publications, at

http://www.openlit.gr/DocLib1/forms/journallibrary.aspx
3/12/2005 9:00 πμ
Participation in the International Conference “The Ethics and Politics of Virtuality and Indexicality” (Bradford, 30 June-3 July 2005)Postdoctoral researcher Anastasia Natsina participated in the International Conference “The Ethics and Politics of Virtuality and Indexicality” organized by the AHRB Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory and History at the University of Leeds (Bradford, 30 June-3 July 2005). Her paper (jointly with Takis Kayalis) was entitled “From Virtuality to Reality: Representations and Enactments of Critical Theory on the WWWeb”.

The paper is available at
http://www.openlit.gr/DocLib/forms/announce.aspx

For more information on the Conference visit:
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/cath/congress/2005/


3/7/2005 12:00 πμ
Research visit to the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail (France)In January 2005 researcher Dr Antigone Vlavianou conducted a research visit to the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail at the Program of Literary Studies (Lettres Modernes) of the Distance Learning Faculty (SED: Service d’ Enseignement a Distance). In the context of the visit, work meetings were carried out with Anne-Marie Pérez (Academic Coordinator of SED), Caroline Gac (Editor-in-Chief of Lettres Modernes, SED University Press) Henri LE Prieult (Educational Coordinator at SED), Florence Bouchet (Teaching Coordinator of Literature and Comparative Literature at SED) and Solange Hibbs (Professor in Translation Studies). Discussions concerned issues regarding the structure and organization of the curriculum, the methodology applied to literary instruction as well as the instructional material used in the Program. A detailed report of the research trip, as well as substantial samples of educational material are at the disposal of members of the research group.
28/6/2005 12:00 πμ
“The Teaching of Literature and New Technologies”: A Symposium at the Ierapetra Cultural CentreOn January 22, 2005 the Symposium “The Teaching of Literature and New Technologies” took place at  the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Ierapetra. Academic coordinator of the research program Takis Kayalis, researcher Lambros Varelas and post-doctoral researcher Anastasia Natsina participated with the following papers respectively: “Literary instruction and the world wide web”, “The online portal of the Centre of the Greek Language” and “C. P. Cavafy’s ‘Caesarion’ and “Darius’: An educational hypertext”. All costs incurred were covered by the Muncipality of Ierapetra.
28/6/2005 12:00 πμ
Research visit to the Universita Telematica Guglielmo Marconi (Rome, Italy)In April 2005 a research trip was conducted by the Coordinator of Literary Methodology Euripides Garantoudis at the Universita Telematica Guglielmo Marconi, in Rome (http://www.unimarconi.it/index/index.html). Euripides Garantoudis had a series of meetings with the Head of the Office of Scheduling and Public Relations of the University, Mr. Giuseppe Luca Polizzi, the academic coordinators of the Program of Literary Studies as well as technicians and programmers responsible for the management of the virtual campus of the University. Mr. Garantoudis was informed in detail of the structure and organization of the curriculum and of the methodology applied to the teaching of literature, of the educational material used in the Program and of the technological infrastructure of the University. The report written by Euripides Garantoudis regarding this research trip is at the disposal of the members of the research group. Free access to the virtual campus of the university has also been obtained for a limited period of time so that other members of the research group can study the relevant material.

The research trip was publicised in the web page of the Universita Telematica Guglielmo Marconi: http://www.unimarconi.it/Test_Unimarconi/N/pag_db3.php?perc=9_4_77_141&punta=4&menuid=141&segue=0&menuPrima=9_4_77_133,3,77,0.

28/6/2005 12:00 πμ
Paper delivered at the International Conference “Chiasmatic Encounters” of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature (Helsinki, 2-7 June 2005)Researcher-member of the group Theodoros Chiotis participated in the international conference “Chiasmatic Encounters” of the International Association for Philosophy and Literature (IAPL) which took place at the University of Helsinki. The title of his paper was “A Cartography of the Aesthetics and Locality of Forgetting: Preliminary Remarks on Samuel Delany’s Dhalgren, Mark Amerika’s Hypertextual Consciousness [beta-version] and Christopher Nolan’s Memento”.

For more information visit the IAPL website: http://www.iapl.info/.

28/6/2005 12:00 πμ
Research visit to the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya-Hermeneia Research Group(Barcelona)In June 2005, the academic coordinator of the research group Takis Kayalis and the postdoctoral researcher Anastasia Natsina conducted a research visit at the Open University of Catalunya (UOC) in Barcelona (the web site of the UOC can be accessed here: http://www.uoc.edu/web/eng/index.html). The two representatives of the research group had a series of meetings with Professors Laura Borràs Castanyer (Director of the international research group Hermeneia: Estudis literaris i tecnologies digitals: http://www.uoc.edu/in3/hermeneia/cat/index.html) and Joan Ellies Adell, both of the Department of Humanities and Literature. In the context of this research trip, Takis Kayalis and Anastasia Natsina were given detailed briefings on the organization and structure of courses and the methodology applied for the teaching of literature, on the educational material in use as well as the technological infrastructure of the university. They also had meetings with the Director of the Office for International Relations of the UOC Andreu Bellot, and with Núria Ferran of the UOC Virtual Library; these meetings imparted information on the greater organization, practices and processes of the university. In the context of this research visit, a two-day seminar entitled “Open Distance Learning (ODL) and Literary Studies” took place with the participation of the forementioned colleagues as well as other members of the research group Hermeneia (Roger Canadell, Isabel Moll and others). During the seminar the goals and plans of the two research groups were discussed and elaborated on and a plan to collaborate closely in the immediate future was drawn up. During the visit ample material on literary studies courses at the UOC was gathered; this material is at the disposal of members of the group. Free access to the virtual campus of the university and its educational material has been obtained for a limited period of time so that the research might be completed and that other members of the research group can be informed.

The research trip was publicised on the website of the research group Hermeneia: http://www.uoc.edu/in3/hermeneia/cat/index.html
28/6/2005 12:00 πμ
Research visit to Oscail-National Distance Education Centre (Ireland)In April 2005, academic coordinator of the research group Takis Kayalis and postdoctoral researcher Anastasia Natsina conducted a research visit at the Oscail- National Distance Education Centre in Dublin. The two representatives of the research group visited the headquarters of Oscail, at Dublin City University, where they collaborated closely with Kay McKeogh (Academic Coordinator for the Program of Humanities) and Francesca Lorenzi (Assistant Coordinator for the Program of Humanities); the two representatives were informed of the Course Program, of the educational and advisory processes and the electronic infrastructure of Oscail and studied samples of educational material for the literature courses. They also visited the National University of Ireland at Maynooth, where they were extensively informed on the Literary Studies Program at Oscail and of the processes of production and revision of educational material by Brian Cosgrove, Head of the English Literature Department and Director of the Program, and Donal McMamon, tutor for the “Literature Foundation Module”. Finally, the representatives of the research group visited the Department of English Literature at Trinity College where they discussed with the Head of Department and Oscail member, Dr Stephen Matterson, regarding the correspondence of literature coursework between long distance learning programs and attendance-based university education. The detailed report of the research visit and substantial educational material from Oscail Literary Courses are at the disposal of members of the group.
28/6/2005 12:00 πμ
Research visit to the Open University (United Kingdom)In April 2005 Takis Kayalis (academic coordinator of the research group) and Anastasia Natsina (postdoctoral researcher) conducted a research visit at the headquarters of the UK Open University in Milton Keynes. During the visit the two representatives of the research group has a series of extensive work meetings:

a) with members of the Department of Literature (the Head of the Department Professor Bob Owens and Professor Dennis Walder),
b) with members of the Department of Classics (the Head of the Department Professor Paula James, Professor Lorna Hardwick, Lecturer Dr. Felix Budelmann and research associate Carol Gillespie),
c) with members of the Institute of Educational Technology (Professor of Humanities Ellie Chambers and the Director of the Higher Education Research Group/HERG, Dr. Jan Parker) and
d) with administrative members of the University (Mr. Dominic Newbould, of the Office of International Relations, the Secretary for the Committee of Teaching and Learning Ms Kiki Ioannides, and others)

The two representatives of the research group were informed in detail on all aspects of the Literature and Classical Studies programs (organization of courses, supervision and evaluation, educational material, etc.), as well as on the methodology of writing, producing, evaluating and revising the educational material used at the University. They were also briefed on the research programs active in the Literature and Classical Studies programs: the programs “Book History and Bibliography” and “Colonial and Post-Colonial Literatures in English” at the Department of Literature; the programs “Didaskalia: Ancient Theatre Today” and “The Reception of the Texts and Images of Ancient Greece in Late Twentieth-Century Drama and Poetry in English” at the Department of Classical Studies. In addition, the two representatives were present at the meeting of the production group of the educational material for the new module “A219- Exploring the Classical World”, at the Department of Classical Studies.

In the context of the visit various and diverse forms of future collaboration of the research group have been programmed both with the Department of Literature at the Open University and with the Higher Education Research Group.

Throughout the duration of the visit the two representatives had full access to the library of the University where they studied the substantial educational material of humanities courses (both in printed matter and in audiovisual format). Finally, in the context of the research visit the two members of the group were admitted in the local center of the Open University in London, where they were extensively informed of the advisory and educational services offered to the students of the University.

The extensive report of the research visit as well as substantial educational material from the Program of Literary Studies of the Open University is at the disposal of the members of the group.
28/6/2005 12:00 πμ
Meeting of the openLit research group (Athens, 21.05.05)On Saturday the 21st of May, 2005, a meeting of the members of the research group OpenLit took place from 4pm until 9pm in Athens.

The following members of the group participated in the meeting (in alphabetical order):

Anna Apostolidou, Theodoros Chiotis, Euripides Garantoudis, Alexandra Ioannidou, Dimitris Kargiotis, Takis Kayalis, Michalis Lykoudis, Anastasia Natsina, Christos Thaniel, Lambros Varelas, Antigone Vlavianou.

The main topics of discussion at the meeting were the following:

1) Detailed briefing on the research visits conducted from January until May 2005 (France, Italy, Britain, Ireland).
2) Presentation of educational and all relevant material the researchers obtained from these visits.
3) Preparation of research visits to be conducted in the immediate future (Barcelona, Madrid, Germany, Portugal).
4) Planning for the panel of the research group (four papers) at the Hellenic Open University International Conference (Patras, 11-13 November 2005)
5) Planning for the international conference on literature studies in long distance learning, organized by the research group and scheduled to take place in Ierapetra, Crete, at the beginning of April 2006, under the aegis of School of Humanities of the Greek Open University and sponsored by the Municipality and the Cultural Centre of Ierapetra.
6) Briefing-discussion regarding the scheduled papers of group members in other conferences and preparation for publications.
7) Planning of the next phase of the research program (with special emphasis on the production of samples of printed, electronic and audiovisual material).
8) Discussion regarding further updates of the research group’s webpage and the use of the “restricted area” by members of the group.
9) Financial matters.
10) Various practical and administrative matters.

28/6/2005 12:00 πμ
Research visit to the UNED and to the UCM (Madrid)In June 2005, Dimitris Kargiotis (coordinator of Literary Methodology) conducted a research visit to the Headquarters of UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia), and to the UCM (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) in Madrid. The representative of the research group had extensive meetings with members of these two academic communities:

a) at the Universidad Complutense with:
the Director of the Program of Modern Greek Studies, Dr. Penelope Stavrianopoulou;
Assoc. Prof. Asunción López Varela of the Department of English Literature; and
Assoc. Prof. Amelia Sanz Cabrerizo of the Department of French Literature.

b) at the UNED with:

    i. Members of the Department of Classical Studies:
             Antonio Moreno Hernández, Professor of Latin and Dean of the School of Philosophy;
             Carmen Teresa Pabón de Acuña, Professor of Latin Literature and Director of Modern Greek Language Classes;
             Helena Guzmán García, Lecturer in Greek Literature

          ii. Members of the Department of Spanish Literature, Comparative Literature and Literary Theory:
             Margarita Almela Boix, Professor of Spanish Literature and Comparative Literature and Dean of Research;
             Miguel Angel Pérez Priego, Professor of Spanish Literature.

          iii.Members of Inter-University Services
              The Director of the Central Library of UNED;
             Ana María Freire López, Dean of New Technologies;
             Salvador Ros Muñoz, Director of the Centre for Advanced Technologies;
             Julio Fernández, Coordinator of Computer-Mediated Programs;
             Marta Jiménez La Rosa, Supervisor of the Content Unit at the Computer Centre.


The representative of the research group was informed in detail of the operation of distance learning programs in Spain, of various aspects of the programs of Literature and Classical Studies programs (organization of courses, supervision and evaluation, educational material, etc.), on the methodology of writing, producing, evaluating and revising the educational material used at the University. He took part in extensive work meetings and attended workshops pertaining to the operation and function of the library and its audiovisual material. He also took part in the demonstration of, among others, the WebCT, TeleUNED operating systems. He was informed extensively of the use of technology in the educational process, of the possibilities of collaboration between the computer center and the instructors in the humanities as well as of uses of hypertext applications in the teaching of literature. The desire for future collaboration was expressed, alongside the offer of the availability of personnel for potential advisory contacts. The detailed report of the research visit as well as substantial educational material is at the disposal of the members of the group.
28/6/2005 12:00 πμ
Presentation of educational methods and material of the Centre de Formation Ouverte et a Distance, Universite de Bourgogne, DijonResearcher Dr. Antigone Vlavianou presented to the members of openLit research team the educational methods and materials for the teaching of literature at the “Centre de Formation Ouverte et a Distance" of the University of Bourgogne, Dijon, as a result of her year-long working experience as an associate lecturer of Comparative and Modern Greek Literature there. Dr. Vlavianou has had discussions with and presented the views on these issues of Professor Didier Souiller, Head of the Comparative Literature Department and Director of the Research Centre "Interactions
Culturelles Europeennes", and Pascal Vacher, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature who provided her with ample educational material. Both the material and a detailed report on the University methods and materials are at the disposal of the members of openLit.
10/6/2005 12:00 πμ