Course Descriptions:

The opening of the 21st century has witnessed a significant emergence of new digital media forms on the web that have created enormous opportunities for teaching and learning. We are currently seeing profound changes in the ways people access information, exchange ideas, collaborate, communicate and learn. Freely available web-based technologies (e.g., blogs, wikis, audio / video tools and social networking sites) that permit anyone to publish text, images, audio and video to the web have fueled much of this change. In addition, there has been tremendous growth and development of open educational resources in the form of lecture recordings, live streaming content, etexts, and fully sequenced “courses” available online that address nearly every conceivable topic. From the perspective of adult learning, these changes in access and interaction represent unprecedented opportunities for learners to be self-directed in both formal and non-formal settings.

Indeed it seems we have entered a new era of a participatory culture on the web ( Successful learning in this environment will be marked by skills to evaluate and create new forms of digital media, as well as build networked connections among varied media sources and people.

This course is designed to engage students in an exploration of digital media to enhance learning. Through hands-on experience with tools, examination of emerging media formats, and the evaluation of course learning products, students will learn to create, critique, and explore a variety of digital media to support learning in a variety of instructional contexts. Special emphasis will be placed on using digital technology tools to support communication, knowledge sharing and community building in both formal and informal adult learning settings.

Professor Information:

Monty Jones, Ph.D.
(804) 827 – 2606
Twitter: VCUMonty
Virtual & Physical Office Hours:

– Tuesdays 2 pm – 4 pm
– Thursdays 2 pm – 4 pm



Week 15

Week 15 is now available. This is our final week of class. You guys have done great this semester and I have learned so much from each of you.  I look forward to working with some of you in the Spring. Happy holidays everyone!

Week 14

Week 14 is now available. This week you will present your projects.

Week 13

I am posting this early so that hopefully you can complete everything before Thanksgiving.  Week 13 is now available. This week you will describe your PLN that you have developed over this semester.  I am hoping you can each finish this by Wednesday, however, if you need more time, I am not making it due until November 27th.

Week 12

Week 12 assignments are now posted.

Week 11

Week 11 assignments are now posted.

Week 10

Week 10 assignments are now posted. You will need to work together as a group for one of the assignments. Be smart, start early.

Week 9

Week 9 assignments are now posted. This is another fun week. You will create and share a screencast. This is actually a good week to play with other tools we have learned as well. You could post your screencast to our facebook group. You could use IFTTT to tweet about any video you post on youtube with our course hashtag maybe. You could copy all of our screencasts to Diigo, or another tool you utilize for your PLN.  The possibilities are endless. Just thank about it this week.

Week 8

Week 8 assignments are now posted. But here is the exciting twist this week. You have the choice of either A) doing the week’s assignments or B) contributing a new entry to wikipedia and then writing a short reflection on the experience. Up to you!

Week 7

Week 7 assignments are now posted.

Week 6

Week 6 assignments are now posted. This is a fun one.

Week 5

Week 5 assignments are now posted. Remember that you need to decide on your project format this week.

Week 4

Week 4 assignments are now posted.  This week you will work in small groups to examine various social media platforms. Get stated early as virtual group work sometimes has its challenges.

Week 3

Week 3 assignments are now posted.

Week 2

Great job everyone on week 1! Week 2 assignments are now posted. You may proceed by clicking on the  “Week 2” link under the “Assignments” menu item in the top menu bar.

 Week 1

Welcome to ADLT 641. Please begin by reviewing the syllabus, which is linked to in the top menu bar.  You may then proceed by clicking on the  “Week 1” link under the “Assignments” menu item in the top menu bar. This will guide you through the beginning steps of this course. If you have any questions, please let us know.


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