Audience, Purpose, and Medium

How Digital Media Extend Humanities Education
  • Eric S. Rabkin
Part of the Teaching the New English book series (TENEEN)


The training of students to evaluate resources and compose in new media forces us all to confront the practical pedagogic and theoretical aesthetic issues behind the uses of those media. This has felt true to me from the time I first used electronic discussion boards to augment my lecture classes in literature in 1975 until today when I regularly teach two University of Michigan computer lab courses enrolling undergraduate and graduate students explicitly interested in new media. In English 415/516 Technology and the humanities (usually team-taught with Victor Rosenberg from our School of Information) and English 414 Multimedia Explorations in the humanities, the confrontation of diverse media makes issues vivid that have in more traditional courses too often fallen below consciousness for many people.


Digital Medium Copyright Reason Diverse Medium Visual Style Imaginative Comparison 
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