Empowering Students through Creative Technologies: A Digital Literacy Primer

Empowering Students through Creative Technologies: A Digital Literacy Primer

Continuing the Conversation with Justin Hodgson, PhD

This webinar will explore the role of digital creativity and digital literacy in the design of online learning experiences. It will provide student examples and instructional models for engaging students through digital creativity, but it will also be designed to generate discussion among participants--with a focus on how faculty at all technical skill levels can help foster critical and creative digital engagements that empower students to become more actively involved with course concepts and practices, to discover new capacities for expression, and to learn to thrive (as thinkers, creators, and communicators) in a rapidly-changing, digitally saturated world.

This webinar will focus on digital pedagogy and the crafting of mediated (and meaningful) learning experiences, but it will touch on the use of Adobe Stock, Adobe Spark (Post and Page), and Adobe Rush in online practices.



About the presenter

Justin Hodgson, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of English
IU Bloomington

As a research scholar and teacher, Dr. Justin Hodgson focuses on the points of connection (and spaces of contention among) digital media and rhetorical studies, with a particular tint toward multimedia production, aesthetics, media studies, game/play theories, and rhetorical invention. His current book project, New Aesthetics, New Rhetorics attempts to bring the digital (i.e., its affordances, modes, and/or structures) to bear on current rhetorical practices. More specifically, it attempts to map the contours of New Aestheticism (Bridle) and use those as a way for opening key considerations for digital rhetoric practices, performances, and proclivities.

Hodgson’s published research to this point has taken shape in both print and multimedia formats. Those digital and nondigital artifacts have been included in edited collections as well as in the journals Enculturation, Kairos, Pre/Text, Composition Studies, and Education Quarterly. Additionally, Hodgson is the founding editor of The Journal for Undergraduate Multimedia Projects ( TheJUMP), a journal dedicated to (1) showcasing undergraduate multimedia scholarship and (2) serving as pedagogical resource for instructors of multimedia composition.

Hodgson’s courses at IU cover a wide area of interest, and have (to this point) ranged from multimedia composition to digital publication, from rhetoric and games to rhetoric and sports.