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Digital Pedagogy: Digital Publishing

What is digital publishing?

‚ÄčDigital publishing projects engage students with the publishing process, including curating material, collaborative meaning making, and communicating scholarship to a particular audience. 

Learning objectives for digital assignments

Learning objectives are clearly defined statements of expected goals and outcomes from the student perspective. When a student finishes an activity or a lesson, what will they know, articulate, or be able to do?

Every digital pedagogy project should have learning objectives. Here are a few tips for creating student-centered objectives:

  • Relate the project to course objectives - what's the purpose of this digital element? Examples may include learning the digital tool, applying class knowledge, or communicating their research.
  • Consider transferable skills (creating a visual argument) rather than hard skills (use a dashboard in Tableau).
  • Create a rubric around the learning objectives to use when evaluating students' work.
  • Focus on the process, not the final product. 

Getting started: try Bloom's Taxonomy Action Verbs for sample action verbs to use in learning objectives.


Example learning objectives for digital publishing

Students will be able to...

  • identify and critique institutional, infrastructural, and social barriers to accessing and contributing scholarly information.
  • collaborate with peers to create a contextualized body of work with a cohesive tone and thematic arc.

Tools & Tutorials

Below are tools and guides to help you start a digital publishing project:

page iconScalar - a free, open-source multimodal publishing platform that supports non-linear pathways and interlinked elements.

page iconWordPress - a user-friendly website publishing platform.

UNC affiliates can create WordPress sites for free by logging in to with their ONYEN and password.

page iconOmeka - an open source online platform for creating exhibits that supports extensive metadata.

page iconPubPub - a free open source collaborative publishing platform.

page iconPowerPoint - a user-friendly software application that can be used to create flexible formatting for text and images (settings can be changed from a presentation-style layout).

Students can download the Microsoft Suite for free through the ITS Software Acquisition site.

Icon "layout" by Irman Firmansyah from the Noun Project

Example Project

Sample projects coming soon!

Finding Help


Library Support

To get started with digital pedagogy and lesson planning after exploring this guide, contact Sarah Morris ( or (919) 962-2094).

Table of Contents

  • What is digital publishing?
  • Creating learning objectives
  • Tools & tutorials
  • Sample project gallery
  • Finding help

Media Librarian

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Winifred Metz
Media & Design Center,
Undergraduate Library
(919) 962-4099

Humanities Research and Digital Instruction Librarian

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Sarah Morris
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123 Davis Library