Digital Pedagogy Lab Cairo
March 20-22, 2016

WHAT

The American University in Cairo’s Center for Learning and Teaching welcomes a unique international professional development opportunity geared toward faculty, librarians, faculty developers and graduate students.

WHO

Digital Pedagogy Lab Cairo: an AMICAL Institute is facilitated by an international team of faculty who are leading voices in the field of digital pedagogy (thoughtful application of technology in teaching).

WHEN AND WHERE

The institute takes place at the American University in Cairo’s New Cairo Campus on March 20 – 22, 2016 with an optional unconference March 23. Download onsite schedule here. Can’t make it onsite? Explore virtual opportunities!

Facilitators

Bonnie Stewart

Educator and Social Media Researcher, University of Prince Edward Island

Jesse Stommel

Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies, U of Mary Washington

Sean Michael Morris

Instructional Designer, Office of the Associate Provost for Digital Learning, Middlebury College; Director, Digital Pedagogy Lab

Amy Collier

Associate Provost for Digital Learning, Middlebury College

Maha Bali

Associate Professor of Practice, Center for Learning and Teaching, American University in Cairo

David Joseph Wrisley

Associate Professor in the Department of English at the American University of Beirut

Tracks

Choose One of Two Tracks

Praxis

Networks

Participants choose between one of two tracks and work collaboratively in small workshop-style classes. There will also be large group activities, and moments of intersection between the tracks. A small breakfast will be provided before sessions begin mid-morning, followed by lunch. Afternoons will be split into a session followed with keynote presentations, workshops, and other activities. Each day will end before dinner. The learning community we create together will be welcoming to a wide range of skill levels and interests.

Praxis (Sean and Amy): Pedagogy is praxis, the intersection between the philosophy and practice of teaching. It involves reflecting on and actively investigating the work of teaching and learning. In this track, we will explore philosophies of teaching, our own and others. We will think specifically about the ways our pedagogies are reflected in the specific choices we make as teachers. We will discuss and experiment with various technological tools from the chalkboard to moveable chairs, computers, mobile devices, social media platforms, and learning management systems. Individual sessions and workshops will focus on teaching philosophies, discernment practices for using digital tools in courses, emergent learning, digital composition, and discussions of the impact of the digital on traditional and critical pedagogies. Click for more details.

Networks (Bonnie and Jesse): This track will focus on the nature of digital networks and network-building, from blogs and social media to open courses and collaboration. It will include discussions of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), rhizomatic learning, how influence and reputation circulate in professional learning networks, the social contracts of closed and networked spaces, and the intersections between networks and face-to-face learning environments. We’ll especially focus on Twitter as an experimental space for thinking about how networks are both responding to and creating the Internet as a learning environment. Individual sessions and workshops will introduce tools and hybrid approaches that can help build learning communities that extend beyond the bounds of the classroom. Participants will also explore the challenges, risks, and benefits of having learners collaborating openly on the web. Click for more details.

Day 1
20 Mar 2016
Day 2
21 Mar 2016
Day 3
22 Mar 2016

Coffee and Provost Opening Remarks

David Joseph Wrisley
Maha Bali
Amy Collier
Sean Michael Morris
Jesse Stommel
Bonnie Stewart

Sessions with Cohort

Participants spend time with cohort: Praxis or Networks
Amy Collier
Sean Michael Morris
Jesse Stommel
Bonnie Stewart

Keynote: Critical Digital Pedagogy (Public/Livestreamed)

A Critical Digital Pedagogy demands that open and networked educational environments must not be merely repositories of content. They must be platforms for engaging students and teachers as full agents of their own learning. Click title to reach livestream link
Sean Michael Morris
Jesse Stommel

Identity and Agency Online: Discussion (Registration required)

In this discussion, we will start exploring questions of identity online and on social media platforms specifically. Participants will have opportunities to see examples of different approaches to presenting one’s...
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Maha Bali
Bonnie Stewart

Re-cap with Cohort

Participants spend time with cohort: Praxis or Networks
Amy Collier
Sean Michael Morris
Jesse Stommel
Bonnie Stewart
9:00 am - 9:30 am

Coffee & Snacks

Sessions with Cohort

Participants spend time with cohort: Praxis or Networks
Amy Collier
Sean Michael Morris
Jesse Stommel
Bonnie Stewart

Keynote: Not-Yetness (Public & Livestreamed)

Much of the discourse on emerging technologies centers on tidy, efficient, and measurable uses of those technologies for student learning or it dwells on their invasive, disruptive, or deterministic potential. Click title to find livestream link
Amy Collier

Not-yetness Discussion (Registration required)

In this discussion, we will dive deeper into the affordances of not-yetness, both as an approach to our work and as a mindset about student learning.
Amy Collier

Re-cap with Cohort

Participants spend time with cohort: Praxis or Networks
Amy Collier
Sean Michael Morris
Jesse Stommel
Bonnie Stewart
9:00 am - 9:30 am

Coffee & Snacks

Sessions with Cohort

Participants spend time with cohort: Praxis or Networks
Amy Collier
Sean Michael Morris
Jesse Stommel
Bonnie Stewart

Lunch

Menu includes authentic Egyptian food (Koshari made of lentils and rice and pasta – the dish is vegan and can be eaten with pasta or without it for a gluten...
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Keynote: Scholarly Networks: Friend or Foe or Risky Fray? ALL OF THE ABOVE (Public & Livestreamed)

Open, participatory online learning and scholarship don't necessarily require credentials, but do, in effect, demand the construction, performance, and curation of intelligible, public, networked identities as a price of admission. Click title for livestream link
Bonnie Stewart

Lightning Talks (Public)

David Joseph Wrisley
Maha Bali
Amy Collier
Sean Michael Morris
Jesse Stommel
Bonnie Stewart