I am pleased to announce the launching of a series of courses I will be teaching around a framework I’m developing on campus called digital studies. My short term goal is to develop and adapt existing courses that help develop students’ proficiency and critical thinking about the impact of digital media and technologies. My long-term goal is to develop an interdisciplinary minor that incorporates disciplines such as computer and social sciences, the arts and humanities, engineering, and business administration to better prepare students for a world that increasingly requires academics and professionals with sophisticated digital media skills.
In order to train a cohort of digital media savvy students, I have offered the following courses this academic year:
- I adapted Advanced English (our Advanced Placement entry-level English courses) to prepare students for the study of literature from a media perspective as follows:
- I have also offered a Digital Humanities Internship (INTD 4995) in the Fall and Spring semesters to get students involved in my digital humanities projects, especially I ♥ E-Poetry.
Here’s a list of my offerings over the summer and next academic year:
- Summer 2014:
- Digital Writing for the Media (ENGL 3268) (see flyer)
- This course will explore the Web as a platform for organizations to publish information, news, press releases, and other kinds of professional writing. The course will use several UPRM based organizations as case studies, and the students will develop content, Web resources, and shape their online presence as part of their class projects.
- Fall 2014:
- Spring 2015:
- Multimodal Literature in the Digital Age (ENGL 6055)
As writing courses, their goals can be easily achieved with a focus on the impact of digital media on these kinds of writing and expanding their focus to explore emergent genres.
Students interested in following me in this curricular trail should contact me, enroll in the courses, and I’ll show you how deep the rabbit hole goes…