Digital Authenticity across the Curriculum Todd Taylor, UNC Chapel Hill


An Invitation to INNOVATION

The answers to important questions about technology and education can be found when a diverse array of committed people get around a table and talk creatively and honestly about where they aim to go.

Partnership with Adobe as a RICH, POWERFUL PALETTE to complement mission, attain vision, enable strategic goals, achieve student learning outcomes, and enable and empower students, faculty and staff.

"Hi-touch" pedagogy is the key.

Thus, faculty development and support is the limiting reagent.

The World Economic Forum reports that you need the ten skills listed below to thrive in 2020:

(1) Complex problem solving

(2) Critical thinking

(3) Creativity

(4) People management

(5) Coordinating with others

(6) Emotional intelligence

(7) Judgement and decision making

(8) Service orientation

(9) Negotiation

(10) Cognitive flexibility

content delivery and consumption
surveillance administration
tools in the hands of the students


Critical Literacy = From Knowledge Consumers to Knowledge Producers

Critical Digital Literacy = From Media/Information Consumers to Media/Information Producers

Digital Literacy Pedagogy is not just merely aesthetic; it's epistemological.

Digital Literacy Pedagogy is not just surface, it's substance.

IT Investments in doing things WITH STUDENTS versus doing things TO STUDENTS.

the company that you keep

2008-2016 Resource Desert: the Answer is "No"

2016 Resource Orchard: the Answer is "Yes"

Students prototype a mobile app using XD instead of writing a proposal.

Students collaborate to publish a scientific journal using InDesign instead of writing a literature review alone.

Students design a presentation microsite using Spark Page instead of formatting a slide deck.

Students raise awareness by creating a documentary film using Premiere Rush instead of writing a research paper.

"Our Lives Together" by Carrie Lewis





Raise Awareness.



Context: The Third (or Fourth) Industrial Revolution

New York Times: "Welcome to the Post-Text Future"


"I’ll make this short: The thing you’re doing now, reading prose on a screen, is going out of fashion. . . . The defining narrative of our online moment concerns the decline of text, and the exploding reach and power of audio and video."

- Farhad Manjoo

Digital Renaissance

Science + Art

Technology + Humanity

Re-examination and Re-articulation of the Value and Role of Higher Education

  • Strategic Plans, Mission Statements, Assessment Programs, Student Success Metrics, QEPs
  • Transformative student experiences that prepare students to change their digital, global professions and communities

High-Impact, Hi-Touch, Experiential, Applied, Active Teaching and Learning

  • Students are no longer passive consumers of knowledge and information.
  • Students become active producers of knowledge and information.
  • Learning by doing, making, problem-solving = creative, critical thinking and learning.
  • Learning outcomes and capacities that transfer

At UNC Chapel Hill, we are using Adobe Creative Cloud as a "virtual maker space" that travels with students wherever they go:

* to produce and circulate intellectual work,

* to critically and creatively solve problems for themselves, their communities, families, professions, institutions, and organizations.

UNC Digital Literacy Team and Program Recipe


Eli, Valentina, Jacob

Education: Julio "Our Kids in Cages"

Patient Care: Carrie "Our Lives Together"

Community Engagement: Sarah "Historic Occoneechee Speedway"

Research, Innovation & Economic Development: Maneesha and Scientific Tar Heel

"Our Lives Together" is a documentary short film made by Carrie Lewis, who had never made a film before this class. The film tells the story of a family's poignant struggle with Alzheimer's disease through the words of loving, faithful wife and her thoughtful, caring son.

Link to 7:41

In what kinds of courses/departments might "Our Lives Together" belong?

From a Student Experience perspective, how might an assignment like "Our Lives Together" compare with a conventional research paper on such a topic?

From a Faculty perspective, how might an assignment like "Our Lives Together" compare with a conventional research paper on such a topic?


Omni-Literate Students Who Learn to Solve Problems through Design Thinking

1) Early success and retention

a manifold to the undergraduate curriculum

2) Success across the curriculum and time-to-degree through transformative, high-impact, experiential learning

Watch One -- Do One -- Teach One

Adobe Creative Cloud is a Virtual Maker Space that travels with students where they live and work through their mobile devices.

Rebecca Atkinson https://www.behance.net/gallery/16086309/Z-Track-Procedure


3) Success on the job market: Professional, Technical, and Scientific Communication

producing work that demonstrates capabilities

4) Success as life-long learners

"I thought of you because I am now in charge of my division's blog; I just utilized some HTML code that you taught me during my freshman year [2000]! When I reflect back on how I have used the skills you taught in that class, I am amazed by what a positive impact you've had on my life. By using multimedia, you helped me understand the importance of strong communication skills as well as given me unique skills [that others in my profession do not have]."

Sep - Nov 2016 from Launch to Warp Speed: Faculty Development, Networking, and "Viral" Change/Influence

Flattening the Learning Curve

Adobe Creative Cloud apps, menus, and interfaces are increasingly simple, intuitive, and powerful.

The students are increasingly digital native.

Instructional and IT support staff are increasingly adept and experienced.

New-gen faculty are increasingly innovative.

Faculty Development and Support

free online textbook

Free Online Textbook: Adobe Creative Cloud Across the Curriculum


Todd Taylor Online Portfolio and this Presentation


Adobe Education Exchange "Turn-key" Teaching Modules


Ten Commandments for Innovating with Instructional Technology


Created By
Todd Taylor


Created with images by heckucci - "crayons colors colorful" • Pexels - "hands spinning workshop" • Miguel Henriques - "untitled image" • arvin febry - "untitled image" • Lachlan Donald - "Ghost town tool shed" • Ousa Chea - "untitled image" • rawpixel - "untitled image" • Parsing Eye - "Deadvlei 💀" • Skitterphoto - "apple tree garden" • mp1746 - "apple pie dining food sweet baker taste" • Art Poskanzer - "heating manifold" • skeeze - "discovery space shuttle launch mission astronauts liftoff" • heckucci - "crayons colors colorful"

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