IMKE (Interactive Media & Knowledge Environments) master program is starting this year again.
Interactive Media and Knowledge Environments (IMKE) is an accredited international new media master program offered by the , with all instruction in English. The special focus of IMKE is on , i.e., online community applications of the Web 2.0 that facilitate sharing information and constructing knowledge including, for example, games, learning environments, and citizen’s media. The schedule is designed particularly with working, and distant students in mind.
As a part of the really first (or pilot) group of IMKE students, who are finishing or are planning to finish their studies soon, I must confess that those two years have gave me more deeper education and skill than three years in BA studies. Yes, of course, that is a reason why we have master studies, but I’m sure that there is not many curriculums in TLU, that are providing students so versatile learning opportunities without depending deeply on students previous background.
Sure, we had programming courses, where we tried Python for s60 devices (Nokia) and some great visual experiments with processing but none of these really required programmer background, teachers approach supported us on different level and as we got better, their exercises got harder. As it should be.
During the first year I took a part of the practical workshop about paper prototyping in UIAH, Helsinki. During the one week activities I got a chance to meet very interesting people and with their projects, which were a bit more artistic than they usually are in TLU (there are hardly any independent students projects in that terms). And one thing that I understood was that IMKE curriculum in the whole should intent to be something very similar – casual atmosphere, free (at least in the first sight) of all kind of restrictions and exams and grading as they are now.