Fall 2012 Semester Kicks Off
How Far We’ve Come
August 2oth kicks off the fall 2012 academic year at Harding and the Web Design and Interactive Media (WDIM) degree program (formerly Interactive Media) has been around for just a little over 11 years. We have come a long way, building and shaping the major from a conceptual degree relying on multiple disciplines to prepare students for possible media convergence jobs to a more targeted multi-discipline degree aimed at providing the job skills needed in the Web design and development industry. Our progression has proven itself over time with a significant number of graduates retaining jobs in the field and related disciplines.
I want to thank all those people who have helped the WDIM degree throughout these eleven plus years. Former communication department chair Dr. Michael James that had the idea to start the degree. Since that time the Harding administration and department leaders, like our current communication chair Dr. Jack Shock and Mass Communication Program Director Dr. Jim Miller, have believed in this program all along and provided valuable support. The instructors of the various disciplines we drew upon have been a tremendous help as well. Adjust professors, like Peter Kirby, and professionals who have spoken to our students, like Caleb Bell and Jeff Fall have helped the Harding WDIM program to become more tuned-in to the workplace. Of course, many thanks to all the Interactive Media and WDIM majors over the years who have blessed this program and provided valuable insights!
WDIM 2.0 – Updates and Plans
Results of the Name Change
Our program name change from Interactive Media to Web Design and Interactive Media has succeeded in helping more students find their way to the program. We have five new majors and a few students now minoring in WDIM this fall. Course Changes The Introduction to Web Design Course (ComM 195) has been expanded from one credit to three. This ComM 195 course will also be the initial opportunity for majors to learn HTML and CSS. The Internet Communication class (ComM 254) will shift from a Web site development course to more of a study of Internet history, issues, technologies, and techniques.