Integrated Liberal and Professional Learning: Putting Imagination to Work
A course designed to satisfy a requirement to integrate humanities-oriented critical thinking skills with the professionally oriented desire to produce functional (and preferably marketable) results, "The Moving Image" teaches students a variety of writing techniques and shows them how to develop a concept on a topic (the environment, for example), how to create a way to present that topic (by writing a newspaper or magazine article, or by putting together a film documentary, or by designing a museum installation, etc.), and how to write the materials necessarily related to lead to that product (project proposals, funding proposals, scripts, and so on). Students also learn how this procedure works the other way around: from analyzing documentaries, articles, museum installations, etc., they consider what the creators' original concepts might have been, what choices the creators probably had to make, and how the messages were finally conveyed. One of the goals of the course is to encourage students to be imaginative in their work.
Keywords: Writing for the Media, Humanities and Professional Learning, Documentary Creation
Dr Janet Bowdan
Associate Professor, Department of English, Western New England College
Dr. Doug Battema
Assistant Professor, Department of Communications and Humanities, Western New England College