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2021 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy

Participants tell us, "This program changed my life!"

80% of participants rate it the best professional development they have ever experienced in their careers, rating it a 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale

The Summer Institute Experience Online

You're wondering about how you can balance work, life, and family as you participate in a fully-online professional learning program at home. That's why the schedule for the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy is flexible, allowing you to select the program elements and forms of interaction that meet your needs.  



Hang Out to Build Connections 

OPTIONAL, Mondays - Fridays

Virtually Viral Hangouts. As we are self-isolating during these difficult times, take time for conversation, dialogue, and emotional support in this unique online community gathering space. Meet with other participants enrolled in the Summer Institute as well as other educators from around the world. Come learn from each other’s experiences in moving to fully remote teaching contexts. You are warmly welcomed to participate in at least one of these hangout sessions, which happen Mondays - Fridays at 1 PM EST. Learn more here.


OPTIONAL, Week of July 5 

Gear Up And Get Acquainted. Choose from synchronous or asynchronous options to….

  • Introduce yourself, socialize, meet who you will be learning with, and make new friends​

  • Review expectations for those attending the institute for graduate credit

  • Select an optional one-hour small group Zoom session to get familiar with the digital platforms we’ll be using 

  • Get your questions answered. 

These pre-event options help you feel comfortable about the upcoming exciting and intensive week of learning. 

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July 11 - 16, 2021

Structure of a Typical Day 

10 AM - 12 PM EST

Looking Up and Out

Choose from a combination of synchronous and asynchronous opportunities to engage with the keynote speaker and other participants around the daily keynote topic. 

Daily Convening 
A playful, online communal gathering to get energized about the themes of the day.

Keynote Videos

Watch a 20-minute recording by a keynote speaker linked to the daily theme at a time that is convenient for you. Then interact with speakers directly in a live question-and-answer session during the scheduled time with options for facilitated small group interaction.

Digging Deeper

Connect theory to practice through dialogue, creative media-making, and sharing inspired by themes and questions posed by the keynoter.

12:00 - 2:00 EST


Get away from the computer for a while. Exercise and spend time with your family.  

2:00 - 9:00 PM EST

Flexible Learning Time

Activities vary daily and involve a mix of formats. When you register, you select times that work best for you afternoon or evening and maintain a flexible schedule during the week with your dyad partner and homeroom group.


Select from among 40+ workshop topics and discussions. Engage with faculty and other participants around your selected workshops in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. Enjoy large and small group opportunities to discuss issues, raise questions, and build relationships with faculty and participants. 


When you register, you select times that work best for you to collaborate with others. Gather with a small group for fellowship and sharing with time to reflect on what you learned and how you will apply it in your work and life.


Design Studio 

Develop a deep working relationship with another participant, where you collaborate and create together synchronously and asynchronously. You decide how best to engage with each other during the week and you get hands-on, just-in-time support from faculty and other participants, based on your schedule and needs.


Optional Social Events

We work hard and we play hard at the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy! Join us for playful social interaction in the evening, including:

  • Dance Party

  • Sing-a-Long

  • Virtual Happy Hour

  • Viewing and Discussion 

Want a deep-dive overview of the content and the format of the program? Watch this video!