Breakfast and Keynote: Martha Burtis and Sean Michael Morris, “Critical Instructional Design”

12 Aug 2016
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium

Breakfast and Keynote: Martha Burtis and Sean Michael Morris, “Critical Instructional Design”

For too long, instructional design has been reduced to page design, alignment of content and assessments with outcomes, and the “science” of step-A-to-step-B learning. It has lacked imagination, spontaneity, passion, and care. What we propose here is that instructional design and the digital platforms (and spaces) we use for teaching and learning can be more. More critical. More relational. More flexible. More beautiful.


Martha Burtis is Director of the Digital Knowledge Center at the University of Mary Washington. In this role, she oversees a peer tutoring program that offers support to students at UMW who are engaged in digital projects and assignments. She works closely with colleagues in the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (DTLT), coming in behind their work with UMW faculty to offer one-on-one student support.

She has worked in higher education for 15 years, previously serving as director of DTLT and as director of Web development at the University of Montana.


Sean Michael Morris is an Instructional Designer for the Office of the Associate Provost for Digital learning at Middlebury College. He is also co-director of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Hybrid Pedagogy. He is interested in the practice of critical digital pedagogy as a social movement and has helped to build Hybrid Pedagogy‘s educational outreach experiments — namely MOOC MOOC and Digital Writing Month — with this in mind. He has been working in and around digital learning environments for 17 years, in capacities ranging from instructional design to instructor to program chair. He identifies strongly with the post-digital, and he learns, teaches, and theorizes from a contemplative perspective. He plays World of Warcraft, pursues yoga, and continues to perfect his chocolate chip cookie recipe.