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Utilising Online Learning in a Humanities Context

Abstract: Introduction to Cultural Studies was a 15 week mixed mode module first developed in October 1997 for delivery to first year students in a department specialising in a mixture of vocationally and theoretically orientated degrees in publishing, print production, journalism and communications. It has since been successfully delivered to over 1000 students. This case study examines the effectiveness of developing reflective practice in humanities based subjects through practical application utilising new technology and online learning.

Author Information: David Finkelstein, formerly a senior lecturer in the Print Media, Publishing and Communication Department at Napier University, is now Head of Department of Media and Communication at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh.  Research and teaching interests centre on media culture and print media history. Over the past 5 years he has developed and taught a variety of modules in the area of Cultural Studies that have combined online learning and traditional teaching techniques. The results have been presented at conferences and workshops run by TALiSMAN, Scottish Learning Technology Dissemination Initiative (LTDI), and the Association of Media, Communication and Cultural Studies. He was also involved in a 1999 JISC funded project evaluating Online Learning Environments.

Date: September 2002

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