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Media Literacy in Higher Education Discussion Series

We discuss the rise of media literacy in higher education and how we focus on the blurring of entertainment, information, and persuasion that is reshaping work, life, and citizenship. How do we best better prepare college students to be responsible communicators who can use a variety of formats and genres for self-expression and advocacy? Teaching media literacy at the college level forces educators to make choices. Do you focus on the rise of news partisanship, algorithmic personalization and social media, stereotypes and media addiction, advertising and media economics, or media influence on personal and social identity?

Join us for small-group conversation with colleagues from around the world and discuss how to design memorable and transformative learning experiences that build the habits of mind needed to navigate an increasingly complex media environment.

DATE: Monday, Aug 30, 2021

TIME: 12:00 PM ET / 9 AM PT

LOCATION. Online. Click here to register



Karen E. Caldwell, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, SUNY Potsdam

Jayne Cubbage, Associate Professor, Bowie State University (MD)

Joan Mandell, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University 

Amy Sauertieg, Assistant Teaching Professor of Communications, Program Chair, Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Penn State Harrisburg

Hans Schmidt, Associate Professor of Communication, Penn State Brandywine


1. How do your teaching context, role, and institutional affiliation shape your approach to media literacy education?

2. What is one assignment or activity that you will be implementing this fall? Why are you using it? What are your expectations for how students will respond? 

3. What is one challenge that you expect to face this semester? 

4. What topic or issue are you hoping to learn more about in the year ahead?

Media Literacy in Higher Education is a Discussion Series! Mark Your Calendar for UPCOMING DISCUSSION DATES! 

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