Transforming Humanities Education
CMS faculty have
a long track record of innovative work in the areas of media
literacy, humanities computing and interactive pedagogy.
The uses of new media in teaching and scholarship is a central
focus of the program. Our research interests include not
only CD-ROM and web-based hypertext projects, but also emerging
approaches to distance learning and training, new forms
of data storage and archiving, and theoretical and practical
study of narrative forms and the media systems that shape
The quality of
public and private education remains a national concern.
Teachers, parents, and administrators have embraced digital
technologies as offering the opportunity for educational
reform, for exposing students to a broader range of materials,
for developing new models of teaching which empower students
to dig deeper and think harder about their cultural environment.
and community outreach, we provide resources and information
to teachers eager to better exploit the potentials of these
new media and to provide models for how to integrate media
education into the existing curriculum so that we create
a generation of more critical, active, and ethically responsible
users of media. Through research projects, we aim to develop
new materials, including digital archives and web-based
resources, which teachers can use to make the subject matter
and skill sets of the humanities more engaging for their
students. Such research also results in new approaches to
presenting information which is valuable to companies seeking
to address ever more complex questions about training, knowledge
management, and information transferal.