January 14:  Course Introduction

  • Bolter, J. D., & Grusin, R. (1999). Introduction & Chapter 2 in Remediation: Understanding new media. Cambridge: The MIT Press.

January 21: Situating Digital Literacies
How are social practices, relationships, and identities created, shaped, and negotiated across digital spaces? How might we understand and situate the term ‘digital literacies’?

Due: G+ challenge

  • Hicks, T., & Turner, K.H. (2013). No longer a luxury: Digital literacy can’t wait. English Journal, 102(6), 58-65.
  • Buckingham, D. (2006). Defining digital literacy. Digital Kompetanse: Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, 1(4), 263-276.
  • Lankshear, C., & Knobel, M. (2011). “Chapter 1: New Literacies: Concept and Theory” in New literacies: Everyday practices and classroom learning. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Additional Resources (extended reading list):

  • Coiro, J., Knobel, M., Lankshear, C., & Leu, D. J. (2009). Central issues in new literacies and new literacies research. In J. Coiro, M. Knobel, C. Lankshear, & D. J. Leu (Eds.), Handbook of research on new literacies (pp. 1–22). New York: Routledge.
  • Collins, A., & Halverson, R. (2009). “Chapter 1: How Education is Changing” in Rethinking education in the age of technology: The digital revolution and the schools. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
  • Gee, J. P. (2009). Digital media and learning as an emerging field, part I: How we got here. International Journal of Learning and Media, 1(2), 13–23. doi:10.1162/ijlm.2009.0011
  • Kress, G. (2005). Gains and losses: New forms of texts, knowledge, and learning. Computers and Composition, 22(1), 5–22. doi:10.1016/j.compcom.2004.12.004

January 28: Participatory Cultures & Connected Learning

In what ways does ‘participation’ function as a central construct of digital literacies and what are its entailments? How we can understand learning to be connected across spaces, interests, and resources?

Due: G+ challenge; Blog Post 1

  • Jenkins, H., Clinton, K., Purushotma, R., Robison, A. J., & Weigel, M. (2006). Confronting the challenge of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st Century (pp. 1-34). Retrieved from The John T. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation:
  • Garcia, A., & Morrell, E. (2013). City youth and the pedagogy of participatory media. Learning, Media and Technology, 38(2), 123–127. doi:10.1080/17439884.2013.782040
  • Ito, M., Gutiérrez, K. D., Livingstone, S., Penuel, B., Rhodes, J., Salen, K., … Watkins, S. C. (2013). Connected Learning Summary: An agenda for research and design. Irvine, CA.

Additional Resources:

  • Jenkins, H., & Kelley, W. (2013). Chapter 1 in Reading in a participatory culture: Remixing Moby Dick in the English classroom (pp.3-23). New York: Teachers College Press.
  • Ito, M., Gutiérrez, K. D., Livingstone, S., Penuel, B., Rhodes, J., Salen, K., … Watkins, S. C. (2013). Connected Learning: An agenda for research and design. Irvine, CA. Retrieved from
  • Ito, M., Horst, H., Bittanti, M., boyd, d., Herr-Stephenson, B., Lange, P. G., Pascoe, C. J., et al. (2008). Living and learning with new media: Summary of findings from the Digital Youth Project. Retrieved from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning.
  • Kafai, Y. B., & Peppler, K. A. (2011). Youth, technology, and DIY: Developing participatory competencies in creative media production. Review of Research in Education, 35(1), 89–119. doi:10.3102/0091732X10383211

February 4: Critical Digital Literacies
How do we understand and address issues of diversity and equity in our digitally saturated worlds? In what ways can people take up critical positions that question and challenge predominate media representations?

Due: G+ challenge; Blog Post 3

  • Ávila, J., & Zacher Pandya, J. (2013). Traveling, textual authority, and transformation: An introduction to critical digital literacies. Critical digital literacies as social praxis: Intersections and challenges (pp. 1–14). New York: Peter Lang.
  • Duncan-Andrade, J. M. (2007). Urban youth and the counter-narration of inequality. Transforming Anthropology, 15(1), 26-37.
  • Phillips, N., & Mandarino, M. (2012). UIC research on urban education policy initiative policy brief (Vol. 4). doi:10.1177/0022146513479002

Additional Resources:

  • Watkins, S. C. (2009). “Chapter 4: Digital Gates: How Race and Class Distinctions Are Shaping the Digital World” in The young and the digital. Boston: Beacon.
  • Nakamura, L., & Chow-White, P. A. (2012). Conclusion. In L. Nakamura & P. A. Chow-White (Eds.), Race after the Internet. New York: Routledge.
  • Gray, M.L. Conclusion. In Out in the country: Youth, media, and queer visibility in rural America. New York: NYU Press.
  • Warschauer, M., & Matuchniak, T. (2010). New technology and digital worlds: Analyzing evidence of equity in access, use, and outcomes. Review of Research in Education, 34(1), 179–225. doi:10.3102/0091732X09349791
  • Ávila, J., & Moore, M. (2012). Critical literacy, digital literacies, and Common Core State Standards: A workable union? Theory into Practice, 51, 27–33. doi:10.1080/00405841.2012.636332

February 11: Digital Literacies & Identity
How are young people constructing, negotiating, enacting, and representing their identities in digital contexts?

Due: G+ Challenge; Blog Post #3

  • Davis, K. (2011). A life in bits and bytes: A portrait of a college student and her life with digital media. Teachers College Record, 113(9), 1960–1982.
  • Lam, W. S. E. (2000). L2 Literacy and the design of the self: A case study of a teenager writing on the Internet. TESOL Quarterly, 34(3), 457–482.
  • Hull, G., & Katz, M.L. (2006). Crafting an agentive self: Case studies in digital storytelling. Research in the Teaching of English, 41(1), 43–81.

Additional Resources:

  • Buckingham, D. (2008). Introducing identity. In D. Buckingham (Ed.), Youth, identity, and digital media (pp. 1–24). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Wilson, A. A., Chavez, K., & Anders, P. L. (2012). “From the Koran and Family Guy”: Expressions of identity in English learners’ digital podcasts. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 55(5), 374–384. doi:10.1002/JAAL.00046

February 18: Social Networking, Networked Publics, & Audience
In what ways are young people participating in interactive, socially networked spaces? How are their online literacy practices shifting and developing in relation to networked publics?

Due: G+ challenge; Blog Post 4

  • Boyd, D. (2008). Why youth ♥ social network sites: The role of networked publics in teenage social life. In D. Buckingham (Ed.), Youth, identity, and digital media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Stephan, B. (2015, November). Social media helps Black Lives Matter fight the power. Wired.
  • van Dijck, J. (2013). “You have one identity”: performing the self on Facebook and LinkedIn. Media, Culture & Society, 35(2), 199–215.

Additional Resources:

  • Chatelain, M. (August 25, 2014). How to teach kids about what’s happening in Ferguson. The Atlantic.
  • Hull, G.A. & Stornaiuolo, A. (2010). Literate arts in a global world: Reframing social networking as cosmopolitan practice. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 54(2), 84-96.
  • Richards, K. A., & Gomez, K. (2010). Participant understandings of the affordances of Remix World. International Journal of Learning and Media, 2(2-3), 101–121. doi:10.1162/ijlm_a_00052
  • Burnett, C., & Merchant, G. (2011). Is there space for critical literacy in the context of social media? English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 10(1), 41–57.
  • Greenhow, C., Robelia, B., & Hughes, J. E. (2009). Learning, teaching, and scholarship in a digital age: Web 2.0 and classroom research: What path should we take now? Educational Researcher, 38(4), 246–259.
  • Stornaiuolo, A., Higgs, J., & Hull, G.A. (2013). Social media as authorship: Methods for studying literacies and communities online. In P. Albers, T. Holbrook, A.S. Flint (Eds.), New Literacy Research Methods (pp. 224-237). New York: Routledge.

February 25: Restorying & remixing
In what ways do young people expressively, playfully, agentively, and creatively engage with digital media across contexts? What role might we play in fostering and supporting transformations across symbol systems and critical participatory acts?

Due: G+ challenge; Blog Post 5

  • Knobel, M., & Lankshear, C. (2008). Remix: The art and craft of endless hybridization. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 52(1), 22–33. doi:10.1598/JA
  • Thomas, E.E. & Stornaiuolo, A. (under review). Restorying the self: Bending toward textual justice. Harvard Educational Review.
  • Vasudevan, L. (2010). Education remix: New media, literacies, and the emerging digital geographies. Digital Culture & Education, 2(1), 62-82.


March 3: Expanding Space & Community                                                                     
How do digital contexts offer opportunities to extend or challenge our understandings of space and what are the implications for learning? How do our notions of community shift as we rethink notions of space and place in a digital age?

Due: G+ challenge; Blog Post 6

  • Gee, J. P., & Hayes, E. R. (2011). “Chapter 8: School and passionate affinity spaces” in Language and learning in the digital age. London: Routledge, pp. 65-76.
  • Leander, K. M., & McKim, K. K. (2003). Tracing the everyday ‘sitings’ of adolescents on the internet: A strategic adaptation of ethnography across online and offline spaces. Education, Communication & Information, 3(2), 211-240.
  • Ehret, C., & Hollett, T. (2013). (Re)placing School: Middle school students’ countermobilities while composing with ipods. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 57(2), 110–119.

Additional Resources:

  • Kirkland, D. E. (2009). Researching and teaching English in the digital dimension. Research in the Teaching of English, 44(1), 8–22.
  • Lammers, J. C., Curwood, J, & Magnifico, A. M. (2012). Toward an affinity space methodology: Considerations for literacy research. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 11(2), 44–58.
  • Stornaiuolo, A., DiZio, J., Hellmich, E., & Hull, G. A. (2013). Expanding community: Youth, social networking and schools. Comunicar, 40(xx), 79–88. doi:10.3916/C40-2013-02-0


March 17: Global, Local, and Mobile: Transcultural Digital Literacies
How do new mobilities afforded by transborder flows of audience, texts, ideas, and capital afford and constrain meaning across global and local contexts?

Due: G+ Challenge, Blog Post 7

  • Kim, G. M. (2015). Transcultural digital literacies: Cross-border connections and self-representations in an online forum. Reading Research Quarterly, 1–21. doi:10.1002/rrq.131
  • Stornaiuolo, A. & LeBlanc, R.J. (2014). Local literacies, global scales: The labor of global connectivity. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacies (58)3, 192-196.
  • Appadurai, A. (1996). “Chapter 1: Here and Now” in Modernity at large: Cultural dimensions of globalization. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Additional Resources:

  • Lam, W. S. E. (2006). Re-envisioning language, literacy, and the immigrant subject in new mediascapes. Pedagogies, 1(3), 171–195. doi:10.1207/s15544818ped0103_2
  • Lee, C. K. M., & Barton, D. (2011). Constructing glocal identities through multilingual writing practices on®. International Multilingual Research Journal, 5(1), 39–59. doi:10.1080/19313152.2011.541331
  • Hobbs, R., Cabral, N., Ebrahimi, A., Yoon, J., & Al-Humaidan, R. (2011). Field-based teacher education in elementary media literacy as a means to promote global understanding. Action in Teacher Education, 33(2), 144–156. doi:10.1080/01626620.2011.569313

March 24: Digital Writing
How are our understandings of writing shifting in relation to participatory, collaborative, and distributed practices with digital media?

Due: G+ Challenge

  • The National Writing Project. (2010). “Chapter 1: The Landscape of Digital Writing” in Because digital writing matters. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Mills, K. A., & Chandra, V. (2011). Microblogging as a literacy practice for educational communities. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 55(1), 35–45. doi:10.1598/JAAL.55.1.4
  • Forte, A., & Bruckman, A. (2009). Writing, citing, and participatory media: Wikis as learning environments in the high school classroom. International Journal of Learning and Media, 1(4), 23–44. doi:10.1162/ijlm_a_00033

 Additional Resources:

  • Warschauer, M., & Grimes, D. (2008). Audience, authorship, and artifact: The emergent semiotics of Web 2.0. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 27. doi:10.1017/s0267190508070013

March 31: Online Reading
How are digital technologies reconfiguring the materiality and practice of reading? How are they changing our relationship to texts? 

Due: G+ Challenge

  • Jabr, F. (2013). Why the brain prefers paper. Scientific American, 309(October), 48–53.
  • Carr, N. (2008). Is Google making us stupid? The Atlantic. Retrieved from:
  • Leu, D. J., McVerry, J. G., O’Byrne, W. I., Kiili, C., Zawilinski, L., Everett-Cacopardo, H., … Forzani, E. (2011). The new literacies of online reading comprehension: Expanding the literacy and learning curriculum. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 55(1), 5–14.
  • Hayles, N.K. (2010) How we read: Close, hyper, machine. ADE Bulletin 150, pp. 62-79.

Additional Resources:

  • Serafini, F. (2012). Expanding the four resources model: Reading visual and multi-modal texts. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 7, 150–164.

April 7: Materiality & Ethics
What are the material and ethical dimensions for young people participating in a digital mediated world?

Due: G+ challenge

  • Christie, H. (2014). Reconceptualizing literacies: Digital literacies as socio-material pratice. Retrieved from:
  • Evering, L. C., & Moorman, G. (2012). Rethinking plagiarism in the digital age. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 56(1), 35–44
  • Soep, E. (2012). The digital afterlife of youth-made media: Implications for media literacy education. Comunicar, 19(38), 93–100. doi:10.3916/C38-2012-02-10

Additional Resources:

  • James, C. (2009). Selections from Young people, ethics, and the new digital media: A synthesis from the GoodPlay project. Cambridge, MA. Retrieved from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Reports on Digital Media and Learning


April 14: Schooling & Shifting Pedagogies
How are schools incorporating digital literacies into institutional spaces? What are the central challenges and potential solutions? What are the implications of emerging technological innovations for teaching and learning?

Due: G+ Challenge

  • Philip, T. M., & Garcia, A. (2013). IGeneration: New technologies and the centrality of pedagogy. Harvard Educational Review, 83(2), 300–320.
  • Hutchison, A., & Woodward, L. (2013). A planning cycle for integrating digital technology into literacy instruction. The Reading Teacher, xx(x), 1–10. doi:10.1002/TRTR.1225
  • Leander, K. M. (2009). Composing with old and new media: Toward a parallel pedagogy. In V. Carrington & M. Robinson (Eds.), Digital literacies: Social learning and classroom practices (pp. 147–164). London: Sage Publications.

Additional Resources:

  • O’Brien, D., & Scharber, C. (2008). Digital literacies go to school: Potholes and possibilities. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 52(1), 66–68. doi:10.1598/JAAL.52.1.7
  • Davidson, C. N., & Goldberg, D. T. (2012). Our digital age: Implications for learning and its (online) institutions, 9(3), 249–266.
  • Hutchison, A., & Reinking, D. (2011). Teachers’ perceptions of integrating information and communication technologies into literacy instruction: A national survey in the United States. Reading Research Quarterly, 46(4), 312–333. doi:10.1002/RRQ.002


April 21: Participatory Politics & Civic Engagement
What are the opportunities and challenges in participating as civically engaged citizens?

Due: G+ Challenge

  • Soep, E. (2014). Participatory politics: Next-generation tactics to remake public spheres. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
  • Garcia, A., et al. (2015). The Council of Youth Research” Critical Literacy and Civic Agency in the Digital Age. Reading & Writing Quarterly, 3(2), 151-167.

Additional Resources:

  • Kahne, J., & Middaugh, E. (2012). Digital media shapes youth participation in politics. Kappan, 94(3), 52-56.
  • Rheingold, H. (2008). Using participatory media and public voice to encourage civic engagement. In W. L. Bennett (Ed.), Civic life online: Learning how digital media can engage youth (pp. 97–118). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. doi:10.1162/dmal.9780262524827.097


April 28: Ignite Talks/Potluck Party