Digital Information and Communication
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Digitaalne informatsioon ja kommunikatsioon
Course title in English
Digital Information and Communication
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
Marianne Paimre (eesti keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To provide a systematic overview of media and communication theories, methods and applications in the digital age. Create opportunities to understand the role of digitisation and digital information in contemporary society.
Provide pre-requisites to manage and curate digital information.
Brief description of the course
Theories, methods and applications of media and communication in the digital era.
Information management, metadata, digital revolution, development of information systems, digital media, digital documents, digital libraries and other memory institutions.
Methods of searching, gathering, filtering and curating digital information.
Creation, redesigning and presenting of digital information and artefacts through different media channels and types (text, video, micromessages etc.).
Digitisation of information and artefacts, and technologies of digitation.
Authorship, copyright, licences related to authorship, ethical issues of the digital age.
Patterns of communication and interaction: development and influence on society.
Digital discourse and dialogue
Information systems and their communication (digital ecosystems).
Independent work
Reading and critically analysing topic related literature, analysis of sample cases, accomplishing individual and group work.
Learning outcomes in the course
A student having finished the course:
Knows the contemporary theories and methods of media and communication, and is able to apply them appropriately;
Understands the role of digital information and communication in contemporary society;.
Is able to manage and curate digital information, to create and present it through appropriate channels;
Knows the ethical and copyright aspects related to the creation of information;
Has knowledge of the interaction of information systems.
Assessment methods
Compiling a study plan and its public presentation/defence: 25%
Reading and discussing assigned literature: 25%
Seminar participation: 25%
Group work: 25%
Marianne Paimre
Replacement literature
Lievrouw, L. A. (2015). Digital Media and News. The Routledge Companion to Alternative and Community Media, 301-312.
Whittaker, S. (2011), Personal information management: From information consumption to curation. Ann. Rev. Info. Sci. Tech., 45: 1–62. doi:10.1002/aris.2011.1440450108
Borgman, C.L. (1999). What are Digital Libraries? Competing Visions. Information Processing & Management, 35(3), 227-243.
Stuart, D. (2010). Linked data and government data: more than mere semantics. Online, May/June, 36-39.