At Wagner, we pride ourselves on our commitment to teaching and learning. We have a successful tradition of creating curriculum that unites deep learning and practical application. But successful traditions must constantly be updated and renewed. We have an exciting opportunity to enhance our teaching and learning with new media and online participatory tools.
Technology has touched our lives in countless, fascinating ways. We live in a richly connected world with huge deposits of information literally a click away. But it’s not just easy access to online information that we must consider. As educators, we must also consider how the online environment allows our students to create and make meaning.
Technology offers us an opportunity to transform the way we teach. It is an ideal vehicle for designing the constructivist, active learning approaches that we seek for our students. With the array of free, participatory media tools online today, our students can be producers, authors, photographers, bloggers, videographers, and storytellers who construct evidence of their understanding and publish their work for the world to see.
While we’ve witnessed some wonderful new media experiments in Wagner courses, we are all eager to do more and extend our understanding of what's possible. The Media Literacy in Teaching & Learning program is designed to meet that very need; to help us all leverage the affordances new tools provide.