Renee Hobbs Keynote

Transforming Higher Education Through Digital and Media Literacy

Keynote- Transforming Higher Education Through Digital and Media Literacy from Winter Faculty Institute 2012 hosted by UD Capture

New stakeholders for digital and media literacy are emerging across the U.S. and internationally, developing new educational initiatives that remix the fields of education, communication/media studies, computing, library/information science, writing and rhetoric, and public health, challenging disciplinary boundaries in higher education.

For a variety of reasons, college leaders and faculty may choose to ignore, resist, marginalize or fully support approaches to curriculum and instruction that help make connections across campus and community and strengthen students’ creative, collaborative, critical thinking and communication skills in a digital age.

About the presenter

Renee Hobbs is the Founding Director of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island. The new school brings together departments of communication, film/media, journalism, public relations, writing & rhetoric, and library and information studies. As one of the nation's leading authorities on media literacy education, she is the author of Digital and Media Literacy: Connectiing Culture and Classroom, Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning, and Reading the Media: Media Literacy in High School English. Forrmerly a professor at Temple University's School of Communication and Theater, Hobbs has developed multimedia resources to promote digital and media literacy in the context of K-12 education and conducted research to examine the impact of media literacy on academic achievement. She is  co-editor of the open access peer review Journal of Media Literacy Education ( and the Founder of the Media Education Lab (, a research center that improves the practice of media literacy education through scholarship and community service.