Learning is a social process that occurs through interpersonal interaction within a cooperative context. Individuals, working together, construct shared understandings and knowledge.
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So you want to learn from Renee Hobbs and Julie Coiro? Here's how:
The Media Education Lab is a dynamic learning community with a distinctive instructional philosophy. What do we care about?
Multimedia Curriculum Development. Students participate in collaborative project teams working to create video, online or other mutlimedia curriculum materials useful in the context of K-12 education and teacher professional development.
Project-Centered Coursework. Courses have a strong project-based emphasis, typically composed of readings, discussions and project work.Students get an opportunity to collaborate on smaller projects that result in publication.
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Research. Research teams bring a variety of disciplinary approaches to the design and study of learning and teaching innovations, including approaches grounded in media studies, education, literacy, human development, communication, and anthropology.
Projects Focused on Real-World Challenges. Research projects are situated in real-world settings in collaboration with practitioners to develop, implement and study media literacy education in practice, in both school and non-school settings. Collaborations with K-12 schools provide challenging opportunities for research.
Dynamic Learning Community. Multiple research projects meet together on a regular basis to foster collaboration and synergy of ideas. Media Smart seminars offer frequent opportunities for students, media professionals and distinguished guests to present and discuss work-in-progress.
There are many ways to learn with us here at the Media Education Lab. You can enroll in one of the University of Rhode Island's undergraduate or graduate programs, or you can bring us to your school, community or organization. We even offer FREE webinars on a variety of topics and issues.