OEIT and SHASS Receive Alumni Fund Grant for Transmedia Storytelling

By Violeta Ivanova, Educational Technology Consultant & Instructor, Office of Educational Innovation and Technology (OEIT)

The MIT Alumni Class Funds provide seed money to faculty to initiate innovative educational projects that encourage creative curriculum changes and enhance teaching and learning. Prof. Beth Coleman of the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies and OEIT's Violeta Ivanova PhD'98 are pleased to be among the recipients of the 2008-2009 Alumni Funds for their proposal to develop a new undergraduate subject, which will focus on analysis and application in communication across media that span written language to all forms of visualization and visual culture.

The mission of the new subject, titled Transmedia Storytelling: Modern Science Fiction, is to interrogate in an applied manner, in a studio/lab atmosphere, how we can employ different media to get a message across. We shall investigate language-based and visually-oriented forms for telling stories, applying Science Fiction as a literary genre. The class will include theoretical and literary reading assignments and a series of writing and production workshops, in which students will practice short-fiction writing, taught by Prof. Coleman, as well as screenwriting and visual storytelling in video and 3D animation, instructed by Dr. Ivanova.

The Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies will offer the new HASS-elective subject in Fall 2008. Besides Dr. Ivanova's involvement with the curriculum, OEIT will provide support with production equipment and resources at the New Media Center.