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Core I

ITCP 70010 Interactive Media: History, Theory, and Practice
3 credits, 30 hours plus conferences and lab hours

This course examines the history of interactive media, including its economic, social, and intellectual evolution, to consider how links between science and technology shape the ways we think and act in the academy, in industry, and in everyday life. The course focuses attention on processes of human learning while also exploring larger philosophical and political issues related to the equitable access to technology by traditionally underserved groups, the so-called "digital divide." The course also examines the coinciding legacies of fascination with and ambivalence about technology to gauge the expansive impact of technology on work, social and cultural life, and education. The course also explores the history and theory of hypertext, literary theory, and new media, highlighting the theoretical and practical possibilities for research, reading, and writing in a world where new, nonlinear narrative structures and multimedia formats are becoming the norm. It also examines science, technology, and the classroom, exploring the support for (and opposition to) the complex coupling of technology, academic research, and classroom pedagogy.

Sample Projects

Claire Fontaine: Social Media Practices & Pedagogy

Jason Nielsen: Reconceptualizing American Studies as Digital Practice: From Constructivist Pedagogy to Constructionist “Wreaders”