2. Digital Authorship


Week 2 Theme: What is Digital Authorship? What are the conditions under which creative expression flourishes?

If you did not participate in the live synchronous class, watch the recording:

In the “Leave a Reply” section below, please offer a comment and interpretation of the video by Nathan Zed, building upon the ideas you encountered in watching the class discussion.


  1. Renee reviews your completed work
  2. Nathan Zed’s “You’re Not Good Enough.” Small group viewing and discussion
  3. Comparing Buckingham & Hobbs on the different meanings of the term “digital literacy,” how concepts from media literacy apply to the rise of so-called “fake news” and why “digital writing” matters. Share ideas from your blog posts.
  4. Review readings, homework & LEAP 1 assignment for next week


Week 3 Theme: The Critical and the Creative. What is the relationship between readers and writers in a digital age?

  1. READ AND REVIEW: Hobbs, Create to Learn, Chapters 4 and 5 (pp. 45 – 86) and Chapter 8 (pp. 123 – 137). See also slides and study materials for these chapters
  2. READ: Pangrazio, L. (2016). Reconceptualising critical digital literacy.  Discourse, 37(2), 163–174.
  3. DISCUSS: Luciana Pangrazio offers an analysis of some of the many tensions that exist in how the term “digital literacy” is developing. Hobbs offers her thoughts about concepts and ideas that enable people to comprehend and analyze messages as part of digital authorship. Use the Facebook Discussion Group to comment on some of the ideas from these two readings that resonated with you. As you contribute, take time to read and respond to some of the ideas shared by class members.
  4. LISTEN: Choose one of the selected podcasts from Morgan Jaffe’s “Burst Your Bubble” series to listen to.  Use this list to sign up.
  5. CREATE AND COMPOSE: LEAP #1. Due Wednesday, Feb 7.
  6. SHARE: Compose and share a tweet that entices people to read your LEAP 1 essay, using both the #EDC534 hashtag and a link to your work.

OPTIONAL. Meet and talk with podcast author Morgan Jaffe in a Media Education Lab webinar on Monday, February 5 at 4 p.m. or view the recorded program.


6 comments on “2. Digital Authorship”

  1. Watching Nathan Zed made me think about how students resist posting creative assignments like videos and other digital works online because they don’t want anyone to see them besides the teacher, for any number of reasons. The internet is filled with student assignments–so chock full that when we search for information on popular topics, quite often we will get a student assignment. I wouldn’t be thrilled to have my 7th grade report live on forever. Why should we expect that of students.

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  2. I loved this Nathan Zed video. It was such a creative way to deliver a common feeling that I myself have all the time. I am the type of person that over analyzes everything that I do over and over in my head. I resonated with the story that Zed gave about be a young kid in art class and having another student comment on his giraffe. I still think about times someone has said something to me and I try and figure out what they meant by it, because I was self conscious about the work I was putting out there, I agreed when a few classmates mentioned their peers and thinking about how they are perceiving them and getting caught up in making sure their peers are not judging them or criticizing their work.

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  3. This video gave me a look back on my self-esteem. After all, what this video wants to say is that believe in myself and love myself more. However, when I looked back, I usually told more disadvantages than good points when I evaluate myself, and I had been very careful about others’ voices and often depreciated my values. Especially in South Korea, people are very sensitive to the evaluation of others and my appearance in the eyes of others. It is natural that there is a shortage because you can not do everything well, but people often forget about it when they compare it with others and pay too much attention to others. Especially since online is an anonymous space, people tend to treat others in a more aggressive manner. In such a space, people’s self-esteem is likely to be lower if they use their voices as their own standards of value. That is why we must listen to our own voices. Especially, it is very important to have own opinion in the digital environment.

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  4. Nathan’s video made me think back to the video from last week – seeking opportunities to fail, to feel uncomfortable, and that’s ok. It’s part of the process. Platforms like youtube seem to highlight those who are already experts, but it hides the process and effort it took to become those experts. I question how we’re creating dispositions and spaces for children and youth to take risks, be ‘new’ at something, mess up, and gain experience. Are we doing this at all?

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    1. Great observation that audiences rarely see the process used by authors to construct their work. That’s one reason why learners may under-value and not appreciate how much effort & messy engagement is required to create to learn.


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