Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communications has been a pioneer in teaching and using interactive media. In 1979, Professor Diane Gayeski of the Department of Organizational Communication, Learning, and Design (then called Educational Communications) first brought in guest speakers on this topic and started experimenting with interactive videotape devices. In 1980, Ithaca College offered the first public workshop on interactive media held at an academic institution.

Over the past 25 years, the Park School has incorporated interactive media into a variety of disciplines: We now teach website development, e-learning, digital video editing, and electronic journalism courses and have labs with state-of-the art hardware and software.

This website chronicles our history with interactive media, and the development of this set of media technologies that have revolutionized the way that we learn, work, collaborate, seek entertainment, market, and even find friends and partners. You'll find pictures of some of the early hardware systems, video clips of fascinating programs and student research, and links to further research on the history of interactive media.


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