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Teaching Tools and Resources

There are so many great guides and groups out there for best practices emergency teaching, remote teaching, and developing hybrid and online courses, including those offered by UIC’s ACCC and Language and Culture Learning Center. To supplement their efforts, below you will find a few resources specific to topics covered in UIC’s Moving Image Arts courses.

Critical Media Project

Critical Media Project (CMP) is a free media literacy web resource for educators and students (ages 8-21) that enhances young people’s critical thinking and empathy, and builds on their capacities to advocate for change around questions of identity

MLA Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities

The Modern Language Association created this open peer-review site for Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, a curated collection of reusable and remixable pedagogical artifacts for humanities scholars in development by the Modern Language Association. Includes sections on analytical vocabulary and methodological tools/terminology.

Audiovisual Lexicon for Media Analysis

The Audiovisual Lexicon for Media Analysis is a growing library of three-minute streaming videos, each of which features a different expert recruited from cinema and media studies faculty across the world explaining a specific critical media studies term and illustrating how it can be applied to analyze selected film, television, and media examples.

UIC Resources

An overview of “Teaching, learning and working resources at UIC”


A pronunciation guide for media studies created by Jeremy Butler (University of Alabama)

Humanities in a Pandemic

The UIC Institute for the Humanities has created the resource page “The UIC Humanities in a Pandemic: Resources for COVID-19”

COVID Free Resources

The UIC Library is maintaining the following guide to newly online and open-access resources for primary and secondary literature.


Lantern is a search and visualization platform for nearly 2 million pages of digitized books and magazines from the histories of film, broadcasting, and recorded sound. An open access co-production of the Media History Digital Library and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Communication Arts.

Yale Guide to Film Analysis

The Film Analysis Guide was developed to meet the needs of faculty and students who are interested in becoming familiar with the vocabulary of film studies and the techniques of cinema. The user can either read the complete document or search out a particular topic of interest. — Related links within the Guide are provided as appropriate, as are links to film clips illustrating the topic or term in question.

Jacobs Burn Center Visual Glossary

The Jacobs Burns Film Center and Media Arts Lab provide definitions and short movie clips illustrating film analysis terminology with multiple terms bookmarked in each clip.


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updated 1.5.21