Summer Institute in Digital Literacy: University of Rhode Island (July 15-20, 2018)


This six-day institute focuses on how literacy is changing as a result of emerging media and technologies. The event considers the implications of this cultural and technological shift for teaching and learning.

Expolore innovative approaches now being used by K-12 educators, librarians, and college and university faculty. You will learn how to conduct project-based inquiry using a variety of digital texts, tools and technologies, which will help create challenging and engaging learning opportunities for you and your students.

The topics include:

  • digital media literacy in formal and informal learning
  • unexpected implications of digital culture on education
  • online reading comprehension strategies
  • multimedia composition
  • integrating digital literacy learning activities into the curriculum 
  • learning digital literacy in the home, library and other non-school settings
  • media literacy and critical thinking across the K-16 curriculum
  • integrating media technology learning activities into existing courses & programs
  • effective design and implementation of online learning
  • the role of popular culture and print, visual, sound and digital media in the lives of children and adolescents
  • strategies for analyzing contemporary propaganda and “fake news”
  • learning new forms of curation, collaboration and sharing 

Format. It’s a hands-on, minds-on learning experience, where you discover the power of digital literacy through intensive collaboration with a partner, creating lesson plans, units of instruction, and several different types of multimedia creative products.

Tips & Tools: Get plenty of hands-on learning-by-doing, choosing from a range of workshops where you explore technologies such as blogs, wikis, collaborative writing tools, video production, informational websites ,iPads, and personal learning environments (PLE’s) to foster online learning, critical thinking, creativity and engagement.

Amazing Texts: These sessions are designed to inform participants of digital resources (websites, videos, books, games or interactive media or online content) that have value for teaching and learning.

Promising Practices: These sessions are designed to share digital literacy lessons or ideas that you’ve tried out or that you think have the potential to engage and inspire learners in a particular context.

Research Roundtable: These sessions are designed to give you time to share your most recent work, network with others interested in research, and obtain feedback from participants and digital literacy scholars.

Leadership: These sessions help you lead teams to advance digital literacy through the creative use of digital media and technology.

 Fees.  Program Fee: $800. Includes program materials, opening reception, lunch and daily refreshments. All participants receive a certificate indicating completion of the 42-hour intensive program. You can also earn 3 graduate credits by completing additional assignments for an additional $350 (or flat fee of $1150).  

Please, find all the detailed information on the event website

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