Julie Coiro and Renee Hobbs created the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy in 2013, helping support the lifelong learning needs of K-12 teachers, college and university faculty, librarians, community leaders and media professionals. 


Julie Coiro is an Associate Professor of Reading in the School of Education at the University of Rhode Island, where she currently teaches undergraduate and
graduate level courses in elementary and secondary literacy. She is also co-director of URI/RIC Ph.D. in Education program and the Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy.


Coiro speaks with educators nationally and internationally to share ideas about reading comprehension strategy instruction, the new literacies of the Internet, online reading comprehension, and effective practices for technology integration and professional development.


She has published widely in venues such as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Literacy Research, The Reading Teacher, Educational Leadership, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Theoretical Processes and Models of Reading and more. Currently, Coiro leads a project to explore and assess how students work together to conduct collaborative online inquiry and her new book, titled From Curiosity to Deep Learning: Personal Digital Inquiry in Grades K-5, was published in 2019.

We love teachers

We love learning

We love to read

We ask questions

We laugh together

We compose media 

We collaborate


Renee Hobbs is a Professor of Communication Studies at the Harrington School of Communication of Media at the University of Rhode Island, where she directs the Media Education Lab. Professor Hobbs maintains an active global research agenda that examines the intersections of media studies and education. 

She is co-director of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy.


She has published over 150 articles in scholarly and professional journals and in 2018, she received the Research Excellence Award from the University of Rhode Island.

Some of her books include The Library Screen Scene: Film and Media Literacy in Schools, Colleges and Communities (Oxford University Press, 2019), The Routledge Companion on Media Education Copyright and Fair Use (2018) Create to Learn: An Introduction to Digital Literacy (Wiley, 2017) Discovering Media Literacy: Digital Media and Popular Culture in Elementary School (2013), book that chronicles a three-year partnership with the Russell Byers Charter School in Philadelphia, written in 2013. Her bestselling 2010 book, Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning (Corwin/Sage) helps teachers understand copyright law as it applies to the use of digital media for learning. 


Hobbs has created award-winning multimedia curriculum resources for media literacy education and has a passion for professional development. She has offered programs for educators on four continents and is a Founding Co-Editor of the Journal for Media Literacy Education, an open-access peer reviewed journal that is the official publication of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE).