Today’s political reality will change education. If we thought that MOOCs were annoying, adaptive learning a red herring, or talk of “disruption” triggering, we are about to witness a shift in educational policy that will make all of these look like no more than a blip. We are facing a moment in time when the National Endowment for the Humanities may be defunded. When public broadcasting and public radio are on the chopping block. And when a person without any experience in public education will oversee the future of that institution—a new world of learning that might give educational technology free run of our schools and colleges. A response is necessary.
In 2017, Digital Pedagogy Lab will host two international institutes to open a call to action for educators, students, administrators, instructional designers, and technologists. The time for mere dialogue about digital learning and critical pedagogy is over; educators today need to find ways to make a real difference on the ground at their institutions, and on the web as part of a wide network where intercultural collaboration is possible—no matter how closed our borders become.
To make this work happen, we need your support. As determined as we are, we are a small group of volunteers. Over the last five years, we’ve worked at all hours of the day to bring the digital pedagogy community together through projects like Hybrid Pedagogy, MOOC MOOC, Digital Writing Month, and on Twitter with #digped. We have hosted gatherings in the United States, in Egypt, in Canada, and have spoken in places as far-reaching as Singapore, England, Switzerland. In the States, we’ve held events in Madison, Portland, Dayton, Newark, DE, Fredericksburg, and more.
We will remain tireless, because the times call for doggedness. But you can help.
When you donate to Digital Pedagogy Lab, you become part of an expanding community of learners and teachers who inspire educational approaches based on pedagogies, policies, and critical practices that support agency, creativity, and inquiry. By contributing to Digital Pedagogy Lab, you not only support our annual Institute, but you also help us reach populations who need this community the most: students, paraprofessionals, and graduate teachers, as well as those who are adjunct or contingent.
In short, your contribution to Digital Pedagogy Lab will help as we continue working together to consider what (and who) education is for.
There are three ways to support Digital Pedagogy Lab financially: as a donor, sponsor, or partner.
Any individual or institution can contribute funds to support the work of Hybrid Pedagogy and Digital Pedagogy Lab. Hybrid Pedagogy Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit run by a volunteer staff who work many hours each week to provide the articles, events, and educational outreach the organization is known for. Donations are tax deductible.
A sponsor institution makes a financial donation to Digital Pedagogy Lab, a project of the Hybrid Pedagogy Inc. 501(c)(3) non-profit. In return, we offer the sponsor seats at the Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute (DPLI) and promotion in targeted print and digital communications. Contact Sean@digitalpedagogylab.com to discuss.
Partner institutions host a Digital Pedagogy Lab event (as a one-time institute or an extended cohort) for their own faculty, staff, or students. Several institutions might also collaborate to create one event for a consortium of campuses or schools.
We’ve detailed each of these in a downloadable leaflet here:
Donate. Donate to public broadcasting and public radio. Donate to Hack Education and the FAST Fund. Donate to the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Human Rights Campaign. And consider donating to Digital Pedagogy Lab. The work we do is just one small piece, but the conversations we support, the communities we foster, will be important as the future of education unfolds.Donate Now