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Summer Institute in Digital Literacy a Success

More than 150 people from 30 states and 8 countries participated in the 8th Annual Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, July 19 - 24th. By partnering with the University of Rhode Island’s Media Education Lab and holding the program fully online (for the first time), NCE expanded our work with diverse stakeholders from both urban and rural communities as we explored the full potential of online learning for professional development.

The Summer Institute in Digital Literacy is an award-winning 'hands-on', 'minds-on' premier digital literacy professional development model developed by Julie Coiro and Renee Hobss at the University of Rhode Island. The six-day learning experience focused on how literacy is changing as a result of emerging media and technologies. Participants learned how to conduct project-based inquiry using a variety of digital texts, tools and technologies, to help create challenging and engaging learning opportunities for students.

At the end of the week, participants noted:

  • "I appreciated the variety of ways to engage. I enjoyed flexible time for any time learning and found that to be more valuable than I expected."
  • I liked that the program itself modeled many of the practices that we were being encouraged to incorporate into our teaching practices."​​
  • "I liked the broad spectrum of topics available."
  • "I liked the many options that could be completed anytime or in real-time. This allows me to work through this material at my own pace and practice on my computer while learning."
  • "It was a great model for what engaging online instruction can be like."​
  • "I felt encouraged to jump in and get creating. I appreciated the values of learning from everyone and acknowledging our humanity."
  • "I loved how personal everything felt."
  • "I was blown away by the comprehensive methods in a virtual setting."
  • "Meeting passionate, like-minded educators; learning new strategies and tools, but learning those tools within the context of a broader idea -- not just 'Here's a cool tool to use.'"

The 9th Annual Summer Institute in Digital Literacy will be held July 11 - 16, 2021 in downtown Chicago Learn More



    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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