Critical Instructional Design

A practicum that explores how design thinking intersects with the praxis of Critical Digital Pedagogy

Critical Instructional Design

This track will explore how design intersects with the praxis of Critical Digital Pedagogy. Critical approaches to design and to popular methodologies like design thinking, means marinating in the complexities of education before jumping to answers, resisting the pull of solutionism. This resistance offers a chance to question practices, explore tensions, and develop solidarity among educators and learners as we seek agency and the emancipatory empowerment that education can ignite. Design, as a collaborative process through which teachers thoughtfully re-imagine their classrooms, can spark creativity and inspiration in teaching. But design can (and should) also be about the activism needed when we confront entrenched inequities in education and in our society. This track will include discussions about how design can catalyze the true work of empowerment and emancipation in education.

Participants will question design and designed teaching and learning practices, and will investigate the roles of authority and empathy in design. Participants will spend time deconstructing tools and platforms for course and learning design, as well as theories which inform the use of those tools. This track is ideal for anyone who sees themselves as a designer of learning experiences (faculty, instructional designers, technologists) and people looking to connect their design work to action and change in the current educational, social, and political context.

Suggested Readings

The readings below will help provide background and context for the work of Critical Instructional Design.