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The premier professional development program in

digital literacy since 2012

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Dear Future Participants of URI’s Summer Institute in Digital Literacy,  


We recognize that the landscape of teaching is constantly shifting, creating both new opportunities and new challenges. Our commitment to remaining a premier professional learning experience means we have decided to pause our annual Summer Institute in Digital Literacy for Summer 2024. We plan to use the time to carefully reassess what educators, librarians, and digital media professionals need and want most from our summer institute experience.


The demands placed on you, especially in recent times, are extraordinary. We understand that being able to keep up in a digital world involves more than just adapting to new technologies and digital tools. It's also about navigating complex social issues that play out in online spaces, and the increasing need for students to become more digitally literate on many levels.


At the Summer Institute, we always strive to go beyond basic support and find ways to truly inspire you so that you and your students (or colleagues) can thrive. Our goal is to tailor the focus and format of the institute experience to your greatest needs.


To accomplish this, we invite you to join three open virtual conversations over the next several months. In these conversations, we aim to:

  1. bring together a community of people interested in digital literacy,

  2. provide an opportunity to celebrate and highlight success stories that have come out of the Summer Institute,  

  3. provide a collaborative space to share your challenges, your questions, and what kinds of experiences would make your teaching and learning with technology more fulfilling, and

  4. brainstorm ways to help you feel excited and energized about the incredibly important work that you do.


     Register HERE to join one or more Zoom conversations on:

     Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 7-8 pm ET

     Tuesday, August 6, 2024, 7-8 pm ET

     Wednesday, October 9, 2024, 7-8 pm ET


Your input is invaluable as we look to shape the future of professional learning at our Summer Institute in Digital Literacy.  You are encouraged to invite others who might be interested and we hope to see you there! 


Julie Coiro (Director), Kara Clayton (Producer), and the
URI Summer Institute in Digital Literacy Team

What is the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy? 

What makes our Design Studio process so special? 

We are transforming professional learning 

with the power of leadership, innovation & community connection. 

A hands-on, minds-on

Inspiring keynotes, hands-on creative & collaborative workshops, plus time for rich community conversations.  


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Tailored to your
individual needs

You can participate in the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy whatever your level of experience, for credit or non-credit.


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Everyone learns from everyone.


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The Summer Institute in Digital Literacy at the University of Rhode Island is the nation’s premier professional development program in digital literacy. For 2023, the program was a week-long interdisciplinary gathering designed especially for educators, librarians, and digital media professionals from around the world who work in K-12 schools or higher education contexts.


Join us as we build relationships and take a deep dive into hands-on, minds-on experiences that emphasize inquiry, collaboration, creation, and learning. Reflective walking tours through the city and evening social events across the week will ensure we make the most of our time together.

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