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2012 New Media Curriculum boosts tech skills
New NMD curriculum aims to balance creative and technical sides of student brains
Harvard president Derek Bok said overhauling a curriculum is like moving a cemetery. Well, after one semester's self-study and two more of weekly meetings by its faculty, the New Media department has officially moved a cemetery.

HTML5 logoThe 2012 New Media curriculum features three new core courses and numerous modifications to existing ones in an attempt to strike a better balance between required and elective courses. Students will now be required to maintain and upgrade an online portfolio, while pumping up the technical muscle of New Media Majors is a newly implemented Baseline Programming Language integrated in courses across the first and second years.

For the 2012-13 academic year, the department chose as its baseline language HTML5, a catchall term including the latest standard for Hypertext Markup Language as well as Cascading Stylesheets (CSS) and JavaScript. This ensemble was chosen partly because it can be used in environments as different as Adobe products, mobile apps, and Web sites. HTML5 can perform live video editing, produce scalable vector graphics, and make it easy to design responsive apps and Web pages.

This effort was spearheaded by Jon Ippolito with steadfast support from New Media colleagues Joline Blais, Bill Kuykendall, Mike Scott, and Owen Smith, under the guidance of 2010-11 director Susan Groce and 2011-12 chair Larry Latour.


Updated: 2012-04-20 by Jon Ippolito
Posted 2012-04-12 08:09:34 by Jon Ippolito
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