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