Online Course for Educators: Youth and Civic Media

February 21, 2019
By Educator Innovator

Interested in learning to help your students research issues they care about, engage in rich dialogue, and participate effectively in the digital world?

The Civic Engagement Research Group at UC Riverside and KQED Education are teaming up to offer an online course titled Youth and Civic Media” through University of California, Riverside Extension. This 8-week course is designed for educators in and out of school spaces who are interested in integrating civic media literacy learning experiences in a variety of curricular areas and across grade levels.

Discover how civic learning and democratic participation have changed in the digital age. Learn about the range of civic and digital knowledge, skills, and literacies that are needed to navigate this new landscape. Develop the skills that support youth by enacting core participatory practices, such as:

  • researching issues of concern
  • determining the accuracy and credibility of information found online
  • engaging in dialogue, both on- and offline, with people who have multiple perspectives
  • creating and publishing media
  • circulating your perspective to a multitude of audiences
  • taking informed action

Civic media literacy resources from KQED Education, including videos, media production courses, and the KQED Teach professional learning platform will support participants’ learning in the course.

By the end of the course, participants will design a civic media project that they can implement in their own educational setting with their students. The course is designed to draw on cutting-edge scholarship, as well as practical application to enable students to explore 21st century civic education by learning in a 21st century format.

The course will run from April 1st through May 27th and take place online. Participants can earn 4 units for completing the course. Course fees are $595 but if you sign up before March 26th you can get a discount on registration. To find out more visit: