12. Synthesis

We will NOT have a synchronous class on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7 pm EST as I’m still in Europe and there is a six-hour time difference.

DEADLINE: On MAY 10, your FINAL PROJECT + YOUR IGNITE VIDEO IS DUE. Both works should be posted to your website. As you complete your work, please review the criteria for evaluation:

Criteria for Evaluation

1. My work substantially relates to the topics, ideas and issues explored in this course and I am able to make connections to course readings, discussions and activities to show direct relevance. The content and format are appropriate for graduate-level work.

2. My work enables me to develop one or more of the core learning outcomes for this course.

3. The work has strong content and is coherent, creative and complete. It uses conventions of the genre/form appropriately and is professional and polished. I have tweeted a link to the final paper /project using the #EDC534 hashtag.

11. Create to Learn

We meet for Class on WeDNESDAY, APRIL 10 AT 7 p.m.

How can “create to learn” pedagogies be applied to the context of your work and life?

It’s time to create! As you work on your Final Paper Project, this is an informal time for fellowship and idea sharing.

Review specifications of the Final Paper/Project here

Sign up for a time to talk with the instructor

PechaKucha: Dan Riley

PechaKucha: Jen Carlson

PechaKucha: Jillian Belanger

10. Collaboration in Context

April 3, 2019

We meet for our synchronous class on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 pm EST. See the Pathwright for the link.


  1. Reflecting on Sparking a Reading.  Some ideas that captured us this week:

3. View and Discuss: Advice on Creativity and Innovation in Organizations

4. Questions about Final Paper/Project. REMINDER: Schedule time for a call with the instructor by April 19: Click here to schedule time

5. Preview the focus of your work for next week

9. Remix in Education

March 27, 2019

If you did not participate in the live class, watch the vldeo and explore Hit Record for 10 minutes. Email the instructor a note about what you found.


8. Transformative Use

March 20, 2019

Join the live synchronous class if you can on Wednesday, March 20 at 7 PM EST. Find the link on the Pathwright.


  1. Sing along to “User Rights, Section 107”
  2. DISCUSSION: What should teachers and librarians understand about the following laws in relation to the practice of digital literacy?
    1. Section 107: fair use exemption
    2. Section 108: when libraries can make copies
    3. Section 110(a): face-to-face teaching exemption
    4. Section 110(b): TEACH ACT
    5. DMCA 1201: ripping DVDs by students and teachers
  3. Leading on copyright in your school. Resources and strategies for moving forward
  4. Questions and Answers
  5. Small group learning: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sBtTl4gkPcGC0aT7FnxPMLwGi95SnDkaSOgnnIjtzWk/edit?usp=sharing
  6. Practice your “sound bites” of the takeaway ideas
  7. Preview work for next week

7. Representational Ethics

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Week 7: What are the author’s social responsibilities in the practice of representation?

If you missed our live discussion, you can review it here



6. Identity in a Digital Age


Week 6 Theme: Identity in a Digital Age

How does authorship help to construct personal, social and political identity?How is identity influenced by digital media, mass media and popular culture? 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Our recorded meeting is available for viewing here. 


REVIEW OUR FLIPGRID DIALOGUE: https://flipgrid.com/60a85254

View and Discuss: Online vs Offline Self: Who is the Real You?

Research is a Conversation. Pair-share activity.  Connect key ideas from the readings and discussion. Through dialogue, generate some possible research questions about the issues of identity in a digital age. Post your questions on this Google Doc as you work with your partner.

Review learning activities for next week

5. Challenges of Implementation

Our inquiry question: What are the challenges of implementing digital production activities in and out of school?

If you missed the live synchronous class, watch the video and answer the questions on the Pathwright to receive class participation credit.


  1. Polling as Pedagogy. We’ll use Sli.do to share opinions and discuss ideas. Use Join Code #7503 to share your opinion.

2. Compare and Contrast. Teachers describe their classroom management strategies. Consider these questions:

  • What similarities and differences are evident?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches?
  • How do these videos reveal or embody concepts explored in this week’s readings?

3. Renee reviews your work as digital learners

and explains learning activities for next week on the Pathwright

5. Imagining your final Project. Questions and comments

4. OPTIONAL: Youth Filmmaker Showcase

At the Reel Connections program, part of the Providence Children’s Film Festival, you can screen and discuss examples of youth media. Join me for one of these 2 events this weekend. Bring your family!

  • VOLUME 1. Friday, February 22. 7 PM. RISD Museum, Metcalf Auditorium. 20 N. Main Street, Providence. Ages 13+
  • VOLUME 2. Sunday, February 24, 3:30 PM. RISD Auditorium, 7 Canal Walk, Providence. All ages.

2. Digital Authorship

Week 2 Theme: What is Digital Authorship? What are the conditions under which creative expression flourishes?Join us on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 7 pm EST for our synchronous video conference. If you are unable to attend, you can watch the recording and complete the questions provided to receive class participation credit.

I goofed on the recording, sadly, so there is only 8 minutes of our amazing class. You can find the alternative activity on the Pathwright under the item for the Class on January 30.


  1. Celebrating Our Team
  2. Small group viewing and discussion: Most interesting concepts from the Study Sheet
  3. Compare and contrast Nathan Zed’s “You’re Not Good Enough” to “How to Build a Creative Style Online” by Anna Rothschild using Google Drawings Venn Diagram
  4. Review LEAP 1 assignment DUE FEB 15
  5. Review class participation activities for next week
  6. Graduate Student Photo Contest
  7. Questions and Other Issues

1. Getting Started SPRING 2019

Welcome to EDC 534, Digital Authorship. This fully-online class will be sure to advance your knowledge and skills as a leader in digital literacy. 

First Meeting. Our first meeting was held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7 p.m EST. Click here to join the meeting. With this overview of the course structure and design, you’ll have a clear picture of what to expect in just one hour. If did not attend the live session, watch a video recording of the meeting below. 


Course Website. We do not use Sakai. Instead, we use a combination of digital platforms including WordPress, Facebook, Pathwright and Twitter as well as other digital tools. Our outward-facing course website is: https://digitalauthorship.org. Here you will find details of the course readings and assignments.

Pathwright for Class Activities. As a busy learner, stay on top of your assignments by using Pathwright, which helps you prepare for each class. Click here to join our Pathwright. You will be able to see exactly what needs to be done for each class session. 


Hobbs, R. (2017). Create to Learn: Introduction to Digital Literacy. New York: Wiley.

Hobbs, R. (2010). Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning. Thousand Oaks: Corwin/Sage.

Welcome to the class and I will look forward to meeting you!

Renee Hobbs