Summer Institute in Digital Literacy

Innovative Teaching and Learning with Digital Media Texts, Tools & Technologies
July 23, 2017

July 23 - 28, 2017 
Providence, Rhode Island

  The 5th annual program is a hands-on, minds-on learning experience unlike any other! It's the premiere professional development program for K-12 teachers, college educators, librarians and media professionals.

Overview. This six-day institute 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 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.  



Who Will Participate? The Summer Institute in Digital Literacy attracts a wide range of talented people, including K-12 educators, school and public librarians, college and university faculty, graduate students, researchers, ed tech entrepreneurs, media professionals, and media literacy and youth media leaders in the informal learning sector.

Location: URI CCE-Feinstein Campus, 80 Washington Street, Downtown Providence RI

Timetable: Registration opens March 1.  

Topics. 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
  • 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: Amazing Texts 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: Promising Practices 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: 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.
  • Leadership Track: 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. 

Fees.  Program Fee: $750. Includes program materials, opening reception, lunch and daily refreshments. URI faculty/staff pay a special reduced rate. Earn 3 Graduate Credits (Optional):  Complete additional assignments and earn three graduate credits for an additional $350 (or flat fee of $1100). 

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN DIGITAL LITERACY. The SUMMER INSTITUTE IN DIGITAL LITERACY is part of a 12-credit graduate certificate program offered by Professors Hobbs & Coiro. The Graduate Certificate Program was recognized in the 2015 U.S. government's National Educational Technology Plan. Fall and Spring courses are taught fully online. The fee for enrolling in each Fall and Spring online course is $1,965. NOTE: Tuition waivers do not apply to this program.

You can become a recognized leader in digital literacy!

During the 2017 URI Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, we will: 

  • Discuss and reflect on how literacy is changing as a result of media and technology and the implications of this cultural and technological shift for teaching and learning at all levels
  • Examine the purpose and application of various digital tools and technologies that might be used to enhance teaching, learning, and creative response in K-12, higher education, afterschool and library settings
  • Apply knowledge and skills in using digital texts, tools and technologies as demonstrated through hands-on practical creative activity
  • Engage in phases of project-based inquiry and curriculum design to explore how to integrate digital literacy into existing academic programs in both formal and informal learning environments. 

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience this summer in Providence!

75% of participants have rated the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy the BEST professional development program they have ever experienced in their entire career!