Students Actively Engage with Digital Media

Comparative Media Studies/Writing (Course CMS/21W)
Amy Carleton
Digital Innovations & Tools
Active Learning

In Dr. Amy Carleton’s course Science Writing for the Public, students analyze online publications, looking critically at open collaborative repositories such as Wikipedia to gain a balanced appreciation of the enormity of its offering — over 5 million entries — weighed against the risk of inaccurate content. Students participated both as researchers and creators, contributing original content and articles to Wikipedia using advanced editing techniques and writing mathematical expressions using LaTEX.

In addition, students in the class collaboratively wrote and edited articles in small groups using the shared capabilities of Google Docs.

In 2019 Dr. Carleton won the MIT student-nominated Teaching With Digital Technology Award for her effective use of technology teaching this course. In this short video, Dr. Carleton tells the story of her teaching innovations.