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Digital Literacy and Preparing Students for the Workforce

Posted by Catie Peiper on May 16, 2016

Graduation is upon us, and most students will soon be entering the workforce full time. For many of them, this will be the first time they’ve held a job—rather than an internship or part-time “side gig”—specific to their field of study and qualifications. As educators, it is important to prepare these students for the world they are about to enter, both in terms of job-specific knowledge and in terms of broader competencies essential to navigating the professional world. Of the latter, digital literacy is one of the most important—and perhaps even the most important—skill sets today’s teachers and educators can pass on to all of their students.

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Topics: Digital Literacy

3 Rules for Your Students' Digital Media Internships

Posted by Catie Peiper on May 9, 2016

Summer break is almost upon us, but how can we encourage students to continue using the skills, methodologies, and critical frameworks they have learned throughout the school year? Internships are a key solution to this question, in addition to being valuable assets to students’ professionalization and preparation for entering the workforce. 

Yet, not all internships are created equal. News media and educational magazines alike are rife with horror stories of unpaid internships that equate to little more than exploitation and glorified slave labor, all under the guise of gaining course credits and networking opportunities. This has never been more true than in the media, communications, and journalism fields—areas of specialty that often highlight the value of mentoring and apprenticeship.

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Topics: Digital Media

The Digital Literacy Divide in Our Classrooms

Posted by Catie Peiper on May 2, 2016

How does the media we use in our daily lives translate to digital literacy in the classroom, and why is there such a disconnect between curricular and extracurricular technology use for both students and educators? These are the questions we found ourselves asking after examining the results of our State of Digital Media in Higher Education Report.

As a number of publications reported last month, including Education Dive, Inside Higher Ed, and Campus Technology, one of the most surprising takeaways from our survey findings was the discrepancy between students’ and educators’ estimation of their digital media know-how.

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Topics: Digital Literacy, Digital Media

5 Teaching Traits Educators Can Learn from TED Talks

Posted by Catie Peiper on April 25, 2016

What interest could educators possibly have in the TED model for educational discourse? In recent months, we’ve written at length about the reasons students will underappreciate and undervalue their time in higher education, from vexation with the lack of technological resources on campus to a lack of faith in their instructors’ knowledge or passion. Regardless of the cause, the effect is that students are increasingly less engaged in their classrooms while many educators note that it is harder than ever to meaningfully connect with their pupils.

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Topics: Digital Media, Teaching Traits, Educators

Frustrations with Digital Media Part II: Implementing New Technologies

Posted by Catie Peiper on April 18, 2016

Last week we began our two-week feature on frustrations with digital media surfaced by our educational survey, the State of Digital Media in Higher Education Report. The report focused on gaining insight into how campuses are implementing digital technologies and what barriers, if any, prevented them from doing so. As we noted last week, our findings revealed two common trends and frustrations, voiced by both educators and students alike. The first was a common consensus among respondents that improving classroom technologies and resources were still too difficult to locate and use. This week we’ll be focusing on the second trend our survey highlighted: the problems many educators encounter when trying to successfully learn about and implement digital technologies in the classroom.

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Topics: Digital Media

Frustrations with Digital Media Part I: Barriers to Access

Posted by Catie Peiper on April 11, 2016

Last month we released our first State of Digital Media in Higher Education Report, which focused on gaining insight into how campuses are implementing digital technologies and what barriers, if any, prevented them from doing so. Our findings revealed two common trends and frustrations, noted by both educators and students alike, which we’ll be unpacking in a two-part series. In this first part of the series, we’ll examine the first frustration: Students, teachers, and staff all continue to be disappointed by the hurdles involved in locating and accessing digital resources.

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Topics: Digital Media

Remix Education for Improved Digital Literacy

Posted by Catie Peiper on April 4, 2016

Is there a natural and organic way to incorporate digital literacy competencies and technical skills in the classroom—one that capitalizes on students already growing digital prowess and cultural awareness? One likely solution to this question is remix education.
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Topics: Digital Literacy

Announcing U-Curate: VideoBlocks EDU's Exclusive Creative Content Management Platform

Posted by Catie Peiper on March 28, 2016

VideoBlocks for Education is excited to announce the launch of U-Curate, a centralized content management platform that allows faculty, students, and campus media designs to discover and download both university-created footage and the $10M of copyright free digital media found in the Digital Backpack. Initially developed in concert with the University of Minnesota, VideoBlocks is now proud to offer its U-Curate platform to the entire educational community.  

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Topics: U-Curate

The 2016 State of Digital Media in Higher Education [Report]

Posted by Patrick Merfert on March 23, 2016

The 2016 State of Digital Media in Higher Education Survey, gathered insights from more than 300 current educators, administrators, and students that hail from more than 200 universities. The survey examined topics critical to today’s universities, including digital literacy, media usage and access, and copyright compliance.

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Topics: News, Copyright, Digital Literacy, Digital Media

The Future of Education: Makerspaces, Incubators & Innovation Labs

Posted by Catie Peiper on March 7, 2016

In the past few months, we’ve written substantially on how schools and universities are incorporating new technologies into their curriculums and pedagogies, from increased use of digital resources to better engaging with students through digital storytelling. But what about the actual spaces—the classrooms, intensive workshops, and labs—that are helping students bridge the digital literacy gap and innovate for the future? We examine how multidisciplinary workspaces, including makerspaces, incubators, and innovation labs, are productively disrupting current educational frameworks and reshaping the face of higher education.

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Topics: Makerspaces, Innovation Labs