From July 10 to July 14, 2017, the University of Ottawa hosted an institute on digital literacy, during which 75 participants explored, collaborated and innovated on this up-to-the-minute topic. With activities ranging from lectures to hands-on workshops, this successful conference was organized by the Canadian Institute for Digital Literacies Learning at the Faculty of Education, and featured noteworthy contributions from Professor Michelle Hagerman, Megan Cotnam-Kappel, Dianne Watt and Emmanuel Duplàa. The institute, which was aimed at educators from various backgrounds and different school boards, invited the participants to work together to learn more about digital literacy and how to bring their newfound knowledge into the classroom.
Over the course of five days, the participants focused on four general themes: digital video and design production, the Maker Movement, serious games and learning, and learning new literacies through inquiry. They were then invited to select a topic on which to base their final project. The week featured a presentation by Professor Janette Hughes from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology along with a keynote address by Dr. Sarah Gretter from the Michigan State University Hub for Innovations in Learning and Technology. They even went on a field trip to the Canadian Museum of History to practice connecting digital literacy to Canada’s history.
The final day of the institute was filled with innovation and emotion as the participants’ hard work on presentations, completed with the help of new-found partners and friends, paid off. The funny and creative videos, original creations and eye-opening proposals demonstrated that the participants were ready to innovate and apply their new skills and knowledge of digital literacy.