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.
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).
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.