Breakfast and Keynote: Maha Bali & Chris Gilliard, “Praxis, Privacy, and Care in Digital Pedagogies”

11 Aug 2017
9:00 am-10:30 am
Hurley Convergence Center Digital Auditorium

Breakfast and Keynote: Maha Bali & Chris Gilliard, “Praxis, Privacy, and Care in Digital Pedagogies”

We often talk about how technology can have potential to empower learners, and how helpful it is for us as teachers and professionals to make ourselves vulnerable in public and online. In this conversational keynote, however, we would like to focus on the ways that technology can be used to harm (unintentionally or inadvertently) the most vulnerable populations and how it can reproduce inequalities that may not be readily apparent to us at first.

During this keynote, Chris will discuss how now more than ever, we need to take note that our pedagogical decisions (particularly around technology) have far-reaching consequences that we can’t fully understand or anticipate because of the nature of surveillance capitalism and creeping totalitarianism.

For her discussion, Maha will focus on questions about when we make the leap to use technology: Are we aware of the ways in which our power and our privilege versus that of others influences our conversations and our interactions, and how fostering agency in students is intersectional? How is this digitally mediated, and what is the potential of the digital to promote or hinder or distort this? How much power do we have to disrupt and circumvent and resist the ways in which tools may try to distort our social experiences online?

Chris Gilliard is a Professor of English at Macomb Community College. His scholarship concentrates on privacy, institutional tech policy, digital redlining, and the re-inventions of discriminatory practices through data mining and algorithmic decision-making, especially as these apply to college students. He is currently developing a project that looks at how popular misunderstandings of mathematical concepts create the illusions of fairness and objectivity in student analytics, predictive policing, and hiring practices.

Maha Bali is a passionate open and connected educator, a MOOCaholic and Writeaholic. She is an Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo, where she is a full-time faculty developer and also teaches educational game design to undergraduates. She is an editor at Hybrid Pedagogy, international director of Digital Pedagogy Lab, columnist at the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Prof Hacker blog, blogger at DML Central, co-founder of Virtually Connecting, and co-facilitator of She blogs at and Tweets at @bali_maha.