We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Losh, author of The War on Learning, is receiving an honorable mention in the competition for this year’s Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize, sponsored by the Modern Language Association (MLA). The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding work on language, culture, literature, or literacy with strong application to the teaching of English. It will be presented at the MLA conference in Philadelphia on January 7, 2017.
The award committee had high praise for Losh’s book: “Elizabeth Losh’s The War on Learning: Gaining Ground in the Digital University addresses with remarkable breadth, depth, verve, and inventiveness one of the most urgent questions facing faculty members in rhetoric and composition and indeed faculty members, students, and administrators across the university: instead of falling prey to technophilia or technophobia, how can we best make use of the array of digital tools now available to us? Her answer is grounded in sharp but also generous inquiries into failures as well as successes (and reputed successes) in podcasts, open courseware, gamification, and other new media. What emerges from these case studies is a series of principles that better our chances of developing a technologically informed pedagogy that is rigorous, equitable, and even joyful.”