FIMS Profile

Mark A. Rayner
Lecturer

FIMS & Nursing Building Room 4063
Phone: 519-661-2111 x88481

University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7
Fax: 519-661-3506
marayner@uwo.ca
  • About Me

  • Publishing

  • Courses Taught

Web Design

Mark has been a lecturer with the Faculty of Information and Media Studies since the turn of the century, when he started teaching Introduction to Digital Imaging and Web Design in the MIT program. At the time, he believed there was a five-year lifespan for the course. By then, he reasoned, the tools for producing websites would be so good, there would be no need for a course anymore.

He was so wrong.

Since then, the web has changed radically. He finds the curriculum really needs to be updated yearly as standards change and research improves our understanding of how audiences engage with the medium. The need for the course has increased. As the web has developed, and its instruments have become more invisible, the need for understanding how to use the tools, and what makes them tick, has become even more critical.

MMJC

From 2013-2018 he was the program coordinator of the Master of Media in Journalism and Communication (MMJC), first leading the team that designed the new curriculum, and then coaxing the professional program into existence. He teaches the first-term required MMJC course, The Social Media and Digital Production Dojo. This he revises yearly, as social media changes even faster than the web.

Advanced Web Design

In 2019 he designed an advanced web design course for FIMS graduate students, which focuses on the emerging discipline of content strategy. The Faculty plans to offer an undergraduate version of the course in 2020.

Course websites

Social Media

Feel free to connect with Mark on Twitter or LinkedIn

Publishing

When he’s not teaching or designing curriculum, Mark lives in imaginary worlds, writing novels, short stories and plays –within the genres of satire, literary and speculative fiction. He’s published four novels, dozens of short stories, and had several plays produced. His most recent book is The Fatness (2017), which won an IPBA Benjamin Franklin silver award for humor and a IndieReader Discovery Award for best humor. His satire focuses on the foibles of information technology, the follies of capitalism, and the feckless nature of human organizations, so he feels right at home at FIMS.

You can learn more about Mark’s writing at his website, markarayner.com


DIGICOMM 2203 Introduction to Web Design & Digital Imaging 2018 Fall , 2013 Fall DIGICOMM 3306 Special Topics in DC: Advanced Web Design and Content Strategy 2020 Winter FIMS 9733 Special Topic: Advanced Web Design & Content Strategy 2019 Winter JOU 734 Multi-Media Production 2002 Winter (2 sections) LIS 523 Web Design and Architecture 2008 Winter , 2007 Summer (2 sections) , 2006 Fall , 2006 Summer , 2005 Fall , 2005 Summer (2 sections) , 2005 Winter , 2004 Summer , 2003 Fall , 2003 Summer LIS 710 Special Topic: Web Design and Architecture 2002 Summer LIS 9723 Web Design and Architecture 2020 Winter , 2019 Fall , 2019 Winter , 2018 Winter , 2017 Winter , 2015 Winter , 2014 Summer (2 sections) , 2014 Winter , 2013 Fall , 2013 Summer (3 sections) , 2013 Winter (2 sections) , 2012 Summer (2 sections) , 2012 Winter , 2011 Fall , 2011 Summer (2 sections) , 2011 Winter , 2010 Fall , 2010 Summer (2 sections) , 2010 Winter , 2009 Fall , 2009 Summer (2 sections) , 2009 Winter , 2008 Fall (2 sections) , 2008 Summer (2 sections) MIT 220 Introduction to Digital Imaging and Web Site Design 2008 Winter (2 sections) , 2007 Summer , 2007 Winter (2 sections) , 2006 Fall (2 sections) , 2006 Winter (2 sections) , 2005 Fall (2 sections) , 2005 Summer , 2005 Winter , 2004 Fall MIT 2570 Introduction to Digital Imaging and Website Design 2020 Winter , 2019 Fall , 2019 Winter , 2018 Fall , 2018 Winter , 2017 Fall , 2016 Fall , 2016 Winter , 2015 Fall , 2015 Winter , 2014 Winter , 2013 Winter , 2012 Fall , 2012 Winter , 2011 Fall , 2011 Winter , 2010 Fall , 2010 Winter , 2009 Fall , 2009 Winter MMJC 9104 The Social Media & Digital Production Dojo 2019 Fall , 2018 Fall , 2017 Fall , 2016 Fall , 2015 Fall