Higher Ed Teaching

Save the Date: URI Summer Institute 2016.

Rhys Daunic of The Media Spot will be back for the 3rd time as faculty at the University of Rhode Island Summer Institute in Digital Literacy 2016!

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Professors Renee Hobbs and Julie Coiro host the 4th annual Summer Institute in Digital Literacy in Providence, Rhode Island, July 24 – 29, 2016. This intensive 42-hour program is a hands-on, minds-on learning experience for K-12 and college faculty, librarians, youth media educators and media professionals. The program focuses on how literacy is changing as a result of emerging media and technologies. We’ll consider the implications of this cultural and technological shift for teaching and learning. Join us in exploring innovative approaches to teaching and learning 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.

It’s a hands-on, minds-on learning experience, where you discover the power of digital literacy through intensive collaboration with a partner, designing assignments and lessons and creating several different types of multimedia products each day. More than 100 K-12 teachers and school leaders along with 30 college faculty and 20 librarians. Participants have come from 20+ states and 15 countries.

Each day, participants get plenty of hands-on learning-by-doing, choosing from a range of workshops to explore digital technologies such as memes, blogs, wikis, collaborative writing tools, cloud-based media production environments, social media, iPads, and personal learning environments (PLE’s) to foster online learning, critical thinking, creativity and engagement. The program also explores university-community partnership programs in digital literacy and learning.

Other 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. Informal lesson sharing enables you to share assignments, activities 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 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. Participants returning for a second year may select the Leadership Track, learning to address management issues of how to lead teams to advance digital literacy through the creative use media and technology. The leadership program completes the URI Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy, a 12-credit blended learning program.


By The Media Spot

The Media Spot collaborates with educators to integrate media literacy education into a variety of learning environments.