In a significant expansion of my role at MITH, I have recently agreed to serve as founding director for a newly approved living/learning program housed within the Honors College here at the University of Maryland, Digital Cultures and Creativity. MITH’s first foray into the undergraduate curriculum, DCC targets first- and second-year students who come to campus already actively exploring new media through activities as varied as digital music and video production, digital art, creative electronic writing, virtual worlds, software development and entrepreneurship, and developing online communities. We have a number of new ideas for this, both for the curriculum and the overall experience, and getting it up and running over the next couple of years promises to be an exciting challenge.
A major new Web site for the program is in the works, and we’ll welcome the first cohort of students next fall. If there’s a talented “digital native” in your house, this gives them one more reason to consider the University of Maryland.