Design as a Unifying Principle: English Departments in a New Media World

By Maureen Goldman.

Published by The Design Collection

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Today’s English departments might well use design principles to navigate their way from their traditional emphasis on writing and literature to include a new emphasis on communication in today’s global web and new media environment. Design is also a means by which English departments can serve the needs of today’s new media world, with its new form of communication technology. Design is also forward looking and promotes change-- fitting precisely the needs of English departments today--departments which wish to carry forward traditional views of literature and writing-- but who also want to justify their existence in a world of new media, where literature and the products of a writer may be unrecognizable by the old standards, even as new standards develop through evolution.

Keywords: Instructional Design, Curricular Innovation, New Media Environment, Design as Unifying, Principle, English Departments and New Media, Rhetoric, Program Development, Creativity, Expository, Writing, Communication, Rhetorical, Program Development and Creativity

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.249-258. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 917.884KB).

Dr. Maureen Goldman

Professor of English, English and Media Studies Department, Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA

Dr. Maureen Goldman is former chair of Bentley’s English department and dean of the Undergraduate College. Her research and teaching interests include early American literature, gender studies and women in literature and composition. She has written essays for American Women Writers and made numerous conference presentations on gender. Currently, she is writing a biography of Mercy Otis Warren. She is the recipient of a Patrina Grant to study how mid-level women managers in certain industries (primarily financial) are using technology.


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