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2017 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy

The annual program is back for another amazing summer! It is a hands-on, minds-on learning experience unlike any other! This event is the premiere professional development program for K-12 teachers, college educators, librarians and media professionals.


DATES: Sunday, July 23 - Friday, July 28, 2017

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.  



KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dan Gillmor, Arizona State University, author of Mediactive. Dan's video welcome. 

Faculty Team: 

Digital Literacy Team Leaders: 

Event Producer: Carolyn Fortuna, Media Education Lab. Carolyn's video welcome. 

Who Will Participate? The Summer Institute in Digital Literacy attracts more than 130 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. We use the hashtag #digiURI for year-round networking. JOIN US THIS SUMMER!

Location: URI College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) campus, 80 Washington Street, Downtown Providence RI

Transportation and Lodging: Learn more about how to plan your travel. 

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 of digital media and technology. 

Fees.  Program Fee: $750. 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 $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 2016 U.S. Government's National Educational Technology (NET) 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 willl:

  • 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. 

A once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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