MIT Comparative Media Studies


MIT Comparative Media Studies

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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 them.

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.

Through conferences 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.


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