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Academia and industry meet to plan digital curricula

At Miami’s Center for Interactive Media Studies’ (IMS) annual conference Oct. 21-22, academic and industry leaders from across the country will meet in groups to discuss how best to prepare students for the professional digital world. The conference, "2002 Interactive Media Forum: Academe & Industry Planning Together for the Future," will be held at Miami’s Marcum Conference Center.

Industry participants include representatives from Atomic Dog Publishing, Expedia, LexisNexis, Microsoft and Procter & Gamble. Academic participants include leaders of interactive media programs including those at Indiana, Temple and Wake Forest universities and University of Denver, as well as representatives from the University of Cincinnati, Wright State and Miami.

The opening keynote address, "Partnerships Between Business and Academic Programs" will be delivered by Michael Dunn, dean of Indiana University’s informatics program, and Darrell Bailey, director of Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis’ new media program, at 8:45 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21.

An interactive panel at noon Oct. 22, with presentation of findings, is open to students, faculty and the public. David Brown, dean of the International Center for Computer Enhanced Learning at Wake Forest, will present the closing address on "Interactive Learning Shapes the Future of the Professorate, the Educational Publishing Industry and the Academy!"

All focus groups are open for public observation. Focus groups will cover four topics simultaneously at 9:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21, and then at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Topics for discussion include:

• "Elements of Digital Storytelling: Developing a Lexicon of Terms"

• "Communicating the Brand: A New and Improved Way?"

• "Synthesizing Signals: Reflections on New Models for Interdisciplinary Concentration"

• "Trends in Human-Computer Interaction for Information Retrieval: What’s Next?"

Miami’s Center for IMS is an interdisciplinary program that attracts students from a variety of majors and provides experience in e-commerce, project management and usability testing. The senior-level course functions as a consulting agency pairing top students with business clients to give students a "real world" view of working in the digital media industry. Recent IMS projects have included a redesign of the Taft Museum of Art Web site (www.taftmuseum.org) and an e-learning application for Procter & Gamble.

For conference details, call conference coordinator, Chris Starkey, 9-1637, or visit www.muohio.edu/ims.

Date Published: 10/10/2002
Volume: 22   Number: 11

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