I just started teaching a course this quarter called “Principles of Interactive Media.” It’s the third or fourth time I’ve taught it over the past three years. It’s a canned course that was created by someone else and handed to me, the instructor, to teach “as is.” And every other instructor at the university who teaches it for other sections uses the exact same material and course shell. I suppose when an institution offers multiple sections of a course year after year, a canned course is one way to insure that every student who takes it receives the same basic information. It also, though, tends to squelch any creativity or initiative on the part of the instructor.
Since the material was already proscribed, I never took the trouble to actually investigate the word “media.” Until today.
I mean, why should I have questioned it? We all know what “media” means, right?
Not so much, as I just learned.
|Edgar Allen Poe at a seance.|