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Digital Authorship and Inquiry Learning

Mastering the Art of Project-Based Learning in an Online Environment



Renee Hobbs

Learn how to activate the power of “create-to-learn” pedagogies with your learners in this online professional development program taught by one of the leaders in the field of digital and media literacy.



      • Consider how literacy is expanding as a result of changes in technology, culture and society.
      • Build confidence and skills in using digital platforms for creative expression and collaboration.
      • Create infographics, podcasts, video, animation, websites or other media to support student learning.
      • Learn practical strategies for scaffolding student-centered, inquiry-oriented project-based learning in a fully-online environment.
      • Develop meaningful professional relationships through creative collaboration.


This is not a “sit and get” experience. Learning activities primarily focus on participants creating simple forms of media as a way to represent their own learning experiences, followed by dialogue, discussion, and reflection on how these practices can be applied in elementary and secondary contexts.

      • STRUCTURE: Each week, participants engage with the class in a one-hour Zoom conference, where learning activities are modeled, with time for small group discussion and dialogue. During the week, participants take time to complete some hands-on creative media production activities that deepen your learning experience. Expect to spend 3 - 6 hours each week in this course.

      • THE POWER OF TWO: Creative collaboration is an essential component of this course. You will work with a learning partner to create media to represent your learning. Coaching sessions with partner teams occur on an as-needed basis.

Target Audience

For any teacher interested in integrating multi-media and PBL into their teaching. No special technology skills or experience is required.

Modules & Elements

Steve Barkley

Renee Hobbs

Professor of Communication &
Director, Media Education Lab,
University of Rhode Island


Renee Hobbs is an expert on integrating digital and media literacy education into elementary and secondary schools. She is a Professor of Communication and Director of the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island, where she co-directs the Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy. Professor Hobbs is the author of numerous books including Create to Learn: Introduction to Digital Literacy, The Library Screen Scene, and Copyright Clarity. She created Mind Over Media, a media literacy education platform that includes an online crowdsourced gallery of contemporary propaganda from around the world. She has offered professional development programs on four continents in more than 20 countries.


Registration Fees

All fees quoted are in US Dollars (USD).

  • NESA Member School: $450
  • NESA Affiliate School: $450
  • Non-Members: $560

NOTE: Places are limited. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please review the Cancellation Notice before registering.