Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Teaching Digital Media Literacy - The Power of Primary Sources

Teaching Digital Media Literacy  - The Power of Primary Sources

EDUC 642 Teaching Digital Media Literacy  - The Power of Primary Sources

Online Course 2 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Mary Alice Anderson

Summer: June 12 - July 28, 2017

You Will Learn

  • How to locate and analyze quality web-based primary sources in multiple digital formats to support differentiated instruction and enhance your curriculum
  • How to apply learning activities that teach students to think critically and independently to construct new understandings from varied information sources.
  • Strategies for incorporating primary sources in varied formats, disciplinary literacy, inquiry and informational text in all content areas


Research-based and practical strategies for analyzing, critiquing and engaging with informational digital text, video, images and diverse multimedia primary sources in the classroom to stimulate inquiry, creativity, and critical thinking.
You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer the credit to another university.

Who Should Enroll

Participants in the course may include:
  • K-12 teachers
  • Community college, higher education and continuing education faculty
  • Higher ed librarians and K-12 school library media specialists
  • National History Day educators
The course is especially helpful for
  • teachers of Advanced Placement classes and core content area teachers
  • educators addressing disciplinary literacy, state and national standards requiring the use of primary sources
  • educators incorporating inquiry and informational text reading skills, and those working with National History Day activities.
Digital primary sources from The Library of Congress (LOC), the LOC's professional development program, and the Digital Public Library of America will be incorporated.
Random Thoughts: Change, Primary Sources & Other Stuff
Blog postings by the instructor, Mary Alice Anderson


There is no required textbook. All readings will be provided online.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyze and apply evidence-based digital media literacy research when selecting and integrating primary sources in the development of learning activities.
  2. Model how to access primary source digital online repositories and how to select the appropriate search strategy to access resources in complex archival primary source databases and collections.
  3. Model the inquiry process with a content-related research question and critically analyze the authority and reliability of information and make comparisons between collections.
  4. Demonstrate how to determine the effectiveness of primary source learning objects in meeting learning outcomes and how to integrate universal design for diverse learning styles.
  5. Advocate and model legal and ethical practices related to copyright laws and citation of digital media sources according to type of media.
  6. Analyze developmentally appropriate instructional strategies for interpreting, organizing and interacting with learning objects found in digital media primary sources.
  7. Develop interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary instructional activities using primary sources to enhance understanding in a variety of subject areas that may include science, math, social studies, language arts, the arts, family and consumer science education, marketing and business education, media production, gifted and talented, special education and technology education.
  8. Integrate a variety of digital media primary resources from local community, state, or national archives to demonstrate the impact of instruction on learning in a field based setting and interpret field test results.

Alignment with Teaching Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following teaching standards:
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards 4, 5
Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI) 4, 6, 7, 9

Wisconsin Model Academic Standards Information and Technology Literacy
B. 12.2 Analyze primary and secondary sources related to a historical question to evaluate their relevance, make comparisons, integrate new information with prior knowledge and come to a reasoned conclusion.
International Society for Technology in Education, National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers 2, 3, 4
American Association of School Librarians, Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. 1.1, 2.1, 2.2,
National Council for Social Studies Curriculum Standards and the National Standards for History

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