I have recently published my first article in the Glasgow Guardian (the University of Glasgow’s student newspaper) as a features contributor, titled “Literature’s Role in a Digital Tomorrow: Glasgow University is still a “World of Words”, an interview with Dr. Bryony Randall”. I had the privilege of chatting with Dr. Randall of the Department of English Literature at the University to gain insight into the changing face of the study of classic literature in a digitally-obsessed society. Her insightful commentary provided valuable perspective into the practical — and potential — applications of digital learning tools to the field, and how their application in classrooms composite of (largely) Gen Y and Millennial digital natives are able to improve subject – student relatability and overall engagement.
Digital literacy is one of the most critical components to the successful use of academic resources in today’s day and age — without a grasp on how to efficiently and properly use these resources and harness them to our advantage, we lose control of more than our online presence. In large research universities, effective investment in academic digital resources is tantamount to student success, and as students, our responsibility to sharpen our digital skills is evermore critical both to our own research and to the ability of future academic generations to do the same.
But the study of classic literature in particular makes the presence of digital resources seem anachronous, so discussing its continued relatability to classrooms full of digital natives is a critical conversation to highlighting its role in the current academic sphere and understanding how we can better fuse digital resources with the study of the archaic.
Working with The Guardian has been a lovely experience and I have had the privilege of working with a talented and organized editor along the way. Great thanks to everyone who made this issue such a rousing success and cheers to many more great contributions by all in issues to come. My recent photograph of the West Quadrangle was featured as the center spread image for this issue, and I am absolutely humbled and grateful for several other photo credits in the issue.
Those in Glasgow, please stop by the University to pick up a copy (they’re all over campus thanks to the hard work of volunteers on distribution day) — you’ll be glad you did! Those in Glasgow at heart, please visit The Guardian’s website to peruse some amazing work and support student journalism.