Course Description

This course will introduce students to an extensive set of digital tools in order to develop a working knowledge of digital technologies, and learn techniques for assessing various forms of knowledge media intended for a wide variety of disciplines. Students will be expected to explore and understand the appropriate use of digital technologies, critically review the role of technology and media in society, and to demonstrate understanding of how digital media can be integrated into their own projects.

What Will You Learn?

Maximize your potential in the digital economy! Learn to fully utilize cutting-edge digital technology and apply it to your area of specialization. Blending theory and practical application, EID 100/CEID 100 will teach you how to:

  • Use an extensive set of digital tools to help you develop a working knowledge of digital technologies
  • Develop techniques for assessing various forms of knowledge media intended for a wide variety of disciplines
  • Explore and understand the appropriate use of digital technologies
  • Critically review the role of technology and media in career development and the broader society d
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how digital media can be integrated into your own projects and processes or those of your industry sector

Message from the Course Designer

"Digital Skills and Innovation for the Global Economy (EID 100/CEID 100) is a digital literacy course that will provide you with the essential digital skill set you need to increase your employability and succeed in a competitive economic landscape. Through hands-on usage of the tools we discuss (blogs, wikis, Twitter, YouTube, etc.), you will learn everything from how to set up a professional online profile and create dynamic online presentations, to digital video editing and basic HTML. We will also discuss the political and economic implications of the new technologies that are part of our daily lives. This online course covers such a variety of concepts that everybody can learn something new."
— Dr. Jaigris Hodson

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is intended for students from a wide range of backgrounds. For students and recent graduates, the course provides the essential digital skill set that you need to increase your employability. For mid-career learners, it provides an upgrade to your digital skill set that will help you remain competitive in today's technology-focused job market.

Who Teaches EID 100/CEID 100?

Derek Schraner (EID 100)

Derek Schraner has produced and lectured on media at Toronto Metropolitan's School of Professional Communication, the RTA School of Media, and the School of Creative Industries. He holds multiple degrees that include a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, where he studied Cinema, English, and Philosophy; a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Toronto Metropolitan University, where he studied Radio and Television Arts; and a Master of Arts in Media Production with a particular focus on the pedagogical application of audio. He also holds numerous certifications, including Toronto Metropolitan's University Teaching Development Program; The Chang School's Teaching Adult Learners Online (TALO) and Foundations Of Remote Teaching (FORT); and Hansa College's Teaching English as a Second Language.

In his professional life, he has produced media for many major corporations including Bell/Motorola, the Canadian Automobile Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Nortel, the Ottawa Senators, Xerox, and, in particular, IBM/Cognos, where he oversaw all aspects of audio production, including the Information Technology Services Marketing Association finalist series BI Radio.

In his spare time he writes, critiques Canadian content at geekvsgoth.com, and is an avid games enthusiast.

Guy Hoskins (CEID 100)

Guy Hoskins (BA, University of Southampton; MA, York University) is a PhD student in the joint Communication and Culture program hosted by York University and Toronto Metropolitan University. Prior to commencing his graduate studies, Guy had several years of experience in business development within magazine publishing and retail brand marketing, both in the United Kingdom and Canada. His MA research focused on a case study of the online advocacy network Avaaz.org as a model for a transnational public sphere. While completing his Master’s degree, Guy also undertook a field placement at Greenpeace Canada in order to devise a social media content evaluation system for the NGO’s communications team. His current research uses his experience working in Latin America and fluency in Spanish and Portuguese to examine the role of social media in the politics of emerging democracies.

Guy is the previous recipient of an Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2011), a graduate of the Oxford University Internet Institute’s Summer Doctoral Program (2013) and the current holder of a Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders' Fellowship. Outside of academic life, Guy is an in-school mentor with the Big Brothers and Sisters Organization of Canada and is the Media and Sponsorship Coordinator for the International Diaspora Film Festival.

His research interests include the sociocultural impacts of social networking sites; media democracy; digital activism; digital access policy; ICT4D; the public sphere; and social movements in the Global South.

Ready to Enrol?

Choose the desired term and click "Add to Cart". Undergraduate students at Toronto Metropolitan University may also enrol in EID 100/CEID 100 directly through RAMSS.


For more information on EID 100, contact Emma Smith, Administrative Coordinator for the School of Creative Industries at Toronto Metropolitan University, at e3smith@torontomu.ca.

For more information on CEID 100, contact Rhonda Abrams, Academic Coordinator for Digital Art Production at The Chang School, at rabrams@torontomu.ca.


This course is fully online and asynchronous, meaning you typically will not have to be online at specific times. You will engage in course-related activities through online tools such as announcements, discussions, and email. Your course learning will be based on weekly module content and activities that you can go through independently. Note: there are still deadlines for assignment submissions, and you may be expected to participate in discussion board interactions with your peers on a regular basis.

Your instructor may also include occasional scheduled sessions for Q&As and other discussion activities, using web conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet. More details will be included in your course outline available on the first day of class.

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May 01, 2023 to Jul 28, 2023
Delivery Options
Domestic Fee non-credit $846.06 Click here to get more information
Domestic Out of Province Fee non-credit $0.00 Click here to get more information
International Fee non-credit $0.00 Click here to get more information