Course details

Su 18
Course number
CI 510
Course title
Emerging Literacies in the Digital Age
Course description

The Digital Age has changed not only the types of texts people read but how they read them. This course explores emerging 21st century literacies – Digital, Media, Computer, Information, Cultural, and Disciplinary – and methods for teaching them in elementary and secondary classrooms. Candidates will use multiple types of technologies to analyze, evaluate, and create texts in collaborative digital environments.

Dr. Todd Cherner
Instructor bio

Todd Cherner, PhD, is an assistant professor of education in the Graduate School of Education’s Curriculum and Instruction Department. Cherner specializes in using instructional technology to develop students’ literacy abilities across the content areas, and he is committed to the purposeful use of technology to promote students’ reading and writing in the classroom. Before entering higher education, he taught 10th grade English and journalism courses at Leesburg High School in Central Florida. While at LHS, Cherner served on the school’s literacy committee, mentored first year teachers, and coached the varsity bowling team. Cherner earned his bachelor’s degree in English education from the University of Central Florida, his master’s in secondary education from Clemson university, and his doctorate in teacher education from the University of Tennessee. Previous to coming to Portland State University, he taught in and coordinated Coastal Carolina University’s Master of Arts in Teaching program.


There are no required prerequisites for this course. However, learners are assumed to be teachers with access to K-12 students

Practical applications
Time commitment

Students should expect to spend 9 hours per week for 10 weeks in course-related activities e.g. reading the course materials, posting to discussion forums, completing written reports, papers,videos, and assignments.

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