For many educators with interests in digital and media literacy, the COVID-19 pandemic was an inadvertent opportunity to explore digital and media literacy through online learning and professional development. This paper describes how a diverse and multidisciplinary group of educators gathered each weekday in a Zoom video conference meeting for fellowship, emotional support, and sharing, building relationships which evolved over time to support emotional growth, technology skill development, learning, and reflection. Survey data shows that program participants had higher levels of optimism and emotional self-awareness as compared with a control group. Participants who had more exposure to the program were also more likely to transfer what they learned to their work and life context.
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Hobbs, R. (2021). Hope matters: How an online learning community advanced emotional self-awareness and caring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 13(3), 123-132. https://doi.org/10.23860/JMLE-2021-13-3-10