Digital Literacy and Enriched Learning: Creating, Curating and Disseminating Media Rich Learning Modules

  • Professor Christine Berkowitz, Department of Historical and Cultural Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Professor Gerry Cupchik, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Professor Kenneth Welch, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough

Abstract

The pilot project will test the feasibility of a campus-wide initiative to assist instructors in the design and delivery of media assignments that can help students prepare their new knowledge for active use and dissemination through the creation, curation and promotion of course-based, media rich learning modules. Learning modules will be developed on topics including, but not limited to, critical and creative writing; critical reflection; data analysis for storytelling; and interviewing techniques, all designed with multi-disciplinary application in mind. Each module will be licensed via creative commons, iterative and contain a set of helpful resources, such as video interview vignettes covering best practices and in-the-field lessons learned, sample assignment output “types,” and tested methods of assessment, archived in a repository, curated on a public website and distributed as Learning Management System (LMS) packages that can be plugged into any course. Learning modules and exemplars of student projects will be archived and curated to ensure effective ongoing knowledge mobilization and knowledge sharing. Wherever possible, existing assignments and expertise will be leveraged.

The project leadership recognizes the diversity of pedagogical approaches across disciplines, but also recognizes a commonality in the challenges/barriers faced by faculty in their attempts to adopt media rich assignments. The project will propose ways to adapt material to address this diversity while unifying the process for sharing and dissemination to leverage existing expertise and create opportunities for expanding enriched learning outcomes produced through the incorporation of media rich assignments in a range of pedagogical approaches.