100 Years of New Media Pedagogy

Subjects: Media Studies, New Media, Composition
Digital online : 9780472999040, March 2021

The publisher gratefully acknowledges the support of the Sweetland Center for Writing in making this book possible.

For English teachers, new media isn’t all that new


In 100 Years of New Media Pedagogy, authors Jason Palmeri and Ben McCorkle set out to find the answer to a seemingly straightforward question: how have English teachers used technology to help them teach through the years? To answer that question, the pair analyze over 750 articles from English Journal spanning the years 1912 to 2012, to demonstrate that teachers have continually taught with the media technologies of their day, and often in surprisingly innovative (and sometimes problematic) ways. Combining tools including interactive graphs, audio and video production, and a good-natured sense of humor to help tell this history, 100 Years of New Media Pedagogy zooms out to identify general patterns across the century and dives in for a closer look at key moments along the timeline.

With several sample assignment descriptions and a list of best pedagogical practices inspired by the people making up this rich history, as well as a list of modern digital production resources, this born-digital book also offers practical advice for the teachers looking to integrate media into their curriculum effectively. This text will lead readers to rethink the role English teachers have played as advocates of new media.

Jason Palmeri is Professor of English at Miami University.

Ben McCorkle is Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University at Marion.

100 Years of New Media Pedagogy functions as a model of what multimodal scholarly texts could and should look like. The authors' emphasis on being playful during both the production and consumption of this text is profound— reminding readers that scholarship can be, should be, fun to produce and consume."-
—Rochelle (Shelley) Rodrigo, University of Arizona

- Rochelle (Shelley) Rodrigo

“It’s rare to see a piece of scholarship whose subject matter is perfectly embodied by its form. Most scholarship about new media is decidedly traditional—monographs or articles that don’t do justice to the topic. But McCorkle and Palmeri’s project walks the talk, responding to new media artifacts with a rich collection of original new media arguments.”
—Quinn Warnick, Virginia Tech 

- Quinn Warnick

Winner: College English Association of Ohio’s 2023 Nancy Dasher Book Award

- CEAO Nancy Dasher Book Award