With the rise of so-called "fake news," the study of contemporary propaganda is more important than ever before.
Guided inquiry & viewing of Adam Ruins the Internet helps learners judge the pros and cons of digital life and reflect on the role of media regulation.
Understand how copyright and fair use supports digital learning
Examine and evaluate contemporary propaganda with lesson plans exploring definitions of propaganda, virality, sponsored content and more
Research and Scholarship
Hobbs, R..(2017,September).Teach the Conspiracies. Knowledge Quest 46(1),16 - 24.
Hobbs, R...(2017,November).Teaching and Learning in a Post-Truth World. Educational Leadership,75(3), 26 - 31.
Kiili, C., Coiro, J. & Hämäläinen, J. ..(2016,April).An online inquiry tool to support the exploration of controversial issues on the Internet Journal of Literacy and Technology 17,1-17.
Hobbs, R. ..(2016,).Capitalists, consumers and communicators: How schools approach civic education. In E. Gordon and P. Mihailidis (Eds), Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice (pp. 355- 370). Cambridge: MIT Press. ,.
Hobbs, R. & McGee, S. ..(2014,December).Teaching About Propaganda: An Examination of the Historical Roots of Media Literacy Journal of Media Literacy Education 6(2), 56 - 67,.
Hobbs, R...(2013,).The Blurring of Art, Journalism and Advocacy: Confronting 21st Century Propaganda in a World of Online Journalism I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society,625 - 637.
Hobbs, R., Cabral, N., Ebrahimi, A., Yoon, J. & Al-Humaidan, R. ..(2011,June).Field-Based Teacher Education in Elementary Media Literacy as a Means to Promote Global Understanding Action in Teacher Education,144 - 156.