Introduction to Critical Digital Pedagogy

Pedagogy is praxis, the intersection between the philosophy and practice of teaching

Introduction to Critical Digital Pedagogy

This track will offer an introduction to Critical Digital Pedagogy—though we will likely generate more questions than pat answers. This track is not just designed for beginners. We’ll start from (or return to) fundamental questions: How does the first thing we do in a classroom, the first words of our syllabus, the landing page of our course sites, shape the learning environment we’ll work within? Where does the work of pedagogy, the work of teaching and learning, to quote bell hooks, “most deeply and intimately begin”? How can we create more (and more varied) points of entry in our courses, programs, learning environments?

Participants will discuss and experiment with various technological tools from the chalkboard to moveable chairs, networks, computers, mobile devices, social media platforms, and learning management systems. Individual sessions and activities 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. This track is ideal for new and experienced online and hybrid teachers alike, plus anyone interested in exploring new approaches to digital learning.

Suggested Readings

The readings below will help provide background and context for the work of Introduction to Critical Digital Pedagogy.