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How the Covid Pandemic Changed Digital Citizenship 

Renee Hobbs is honored to open the Council on Europe's Digital Citizenship Education Days

DATE: November 3

TIME:15 minutes, 17:00 - 19:30 CET

When the pandemic struck and millions of teachers around the world were faced with "remote emergency instruction," some teachers found that the coronavirus pandemic created opportunities to rethink their practices of teaching and learning. For those who sought out opportunities for online dialogue with their peers, a new way to think about digital citizenship emerged as teachers modelled and shared practices of digital and media literacy in a new type of informal, peer-to-peer professional learning. By creating safe spaces, practicing empathic listening, offering a mix of guided and open inquiry, and creating media together, educators gained confidence in their own ability to support students as learners and digital citizens.


About the Presenter

Renee Hobbs is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Rhode Island, where she directs the Media Education Lab. She is the author of 10 books and more than 150 scholarly and professional articles on digital and media literacy including Media Literacy: Questioning the Media (2021, Rowman & Littlefield), Mind Over Media: Propaganda Education for a Digital Age (2020, W.W. Norton), Create to Learn: Introduction to Digital Literacy (2019, Wiley), Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning (2010, Corwin), and many more. A teacher, researcher, activist and media professional, Hobbs is a sought-after presenter and has offered professional development programs for educators on four continents. Learn more: