Collaborative Media Lab Pilot

Principal Investigator:

Samara Smith, SUNY Old Westbury

This project will pilot a Collaborative Media Lab with the mission of creating resources to support digital literacy and the use of emerging media tools in teaching, learning and communicating at Old Westbury and the community beyond. The Lab will use a collaborative, train-the-trainer model to empower students and faculty to become successful, life-long media learners and to share media skills with one another, our community partners, and the public. Digital literacy is essential for job readiness and democratic civic engagement. Old Westbury, the most diverse SUNY, is uniquely suited to pilot a digital divide initiative, an important area of focus across SUNY as online learning is expanded. This pilot will focus on integrating digital literacy across the curriculum; sharing relevant resources and outcomes publicly; and investigating how to expand and scale future resources based on the pilot assessment.

Co-PI’s and Key Partners:

Dr. Laura Anker, Distinguished Service Professor of American Studies and Director of the First-Year Experience and Community Action, Learning and Leadership (CALL) Programs, SUNY Old Westbury
Dr. Niev Duffy, Director of the Center for Social Policy and Community Engagement, SUNY Old Westbury
Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, Executive Director, Long Island Wins

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