About Richard Edwards

Current position: I am currently the Executive Director of iLearn Research for the Division of Online and Distance Education at Ball State University. My research focus involves the future of education, especially online pedagogy and innovative teaching and learning tools. I recently taught my first MOOC, Investigating Film Noir, from March-April 2013.

My academic background: I received my PhD in Critical Studies from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communication’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy in Los Angeles. I have been an Assistant Professor of Communication at Saint Mary’s College of California and an Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Science at IU’s School of Informatics at IUPUI.

Research Interests: My research revolves around the nexus of moving image culture and its deep relationship to culture, learning, and pedagogy in its many and diverse forms, including:

  • Digital Humanities
  • Remix Culture
  • The Oulipo and Recombinatorial Poetics
  • Video and Media Activism
  • Film Studies (especially Film Noir)
  • Digital Literacies
  • Innovative Pedagogies
  • Analytics and Annotations (especially with video)

Publications: I am the co-author with Shannon Clute of the UPNE/ Dartmouth College Press book The Maltese Touch of Evil: Film Noir and Potential Criticism (2011). I have authored several articles and pieces on new media that have appeared in New Media and Society, First MondayFlow, RES Magazine, Film International, In Media Res, among others.

Projects: I host and produce three podcasts: Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir; Behind the Black Mask: Mystery Writers Revealed; Yaddocast: Archive of the Future. With developer Chris Turvey, I am actively developing a new video annotation system named OTTO (Open Text Tool for Online video). 

Contact Me: I can be reached at redwards7 at gmail.com.