Call for Short Articles on Online Teaching in Film and Media Studies for Journal of Cinema and Media Studies

In 2020, online teaching has suddenly become the new normal for many Higher Education institutions worldwide. Not only have we had to adjust our course delivery at short-notice, but now we are having to consider the possibility for longer term shifts online, and sometimes with little access to content-specific support within our home institutions. Some of us are very new to online teaching while others have a few years of experience under their belts. Regardless, the challenges and rewards of teaching online are an important current discussion for all in our field. While sound pedagogical advice about online teaching in general is readily available, there are specifics to teaching media that need to be continually addressed and updated. In 2015 we published a teaching dossier of articles about teaching media online; in light of current events we wish to update that dossier and add some new short articles to reflect what is happening now. 

We are especially interested in hearing about the following:

  • comparative studies of copyright restrictions across regions
  • developing innovative synchronous or asynchronous online teaching environments
  • creating an instructor’s online presence
  • developing strategies to ensure student retention and engagement
  • creating innovative assignment structures
  • developing useful and clear rubrics for media assignments
  • providing access to media screenings
  • designing media production online content

Our hope is to assemble a collection of articles with constructive and useful advice for a variety of teaching media needs. If you have any alternative topics to suggest, or if you have any questions please contact either George S. Larke-Walsh ( or Murray Leeder (

250 word abstracts deadline July 1st, 2020
2,500-3,000 word articles deadline October 1st, 2020

SPECIAL NOTE: JCMS is also producing a searchable database of resources for teaching film and media studies online. If you would like to submit a resource or for more information, please contact JCMS Online Editor Julia Himberg (