Digital Pedagogy Lab PEI: Networks

Digital Pedagogy Lab PEI: Networks

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Digital Pedagogy Lab PEI:


This track will focus on the nature of digital networks and network-building, from blogs and social media to open courses and collaboration. It will include discussions of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), rhizomatic learning, how influence and reputation circulate in professional learning networks, the social contracts of closed and networked spaces, and the intersections between networks and face-to-face learning environments. We’ll especially focus on Twitter as an experimental space for thinking about how networks are both responding to and creating the Internet as a learning environment. Individual sessions and workshops will introduce tools and hybrid approaches that can help build learning communities that extend beyond the bounds of the classroom. Participants will also explore the challenges, risks, and benefits of having learners collaborating openly on the web.


Jesse Stommel is Executive Director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at University of Mary Washington. He is Founder and Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Hybrid Pedagogy: a digital journal of learning, teaching, and technology. His particular expertise is in digital pedagogy, open education, and new media. He is an advocate for lifelong learning and the public digital humanities. He teaches courses about pedagogy, digital storytelling, horror film, and Shakespeare. He experiments relentlessly with learning interfaces, both digital and analog, and works in his research and teaching to emphasize new forms of collaboration. He’s on Twitter @Jessifer and his website can be found at

Dave Cormier is an educational activist, researcher, online community advocate and President of Edactive Technologies. He has published on open education, Rhizomatic Learning, MOOCs (Massive/Open Online Courses), and the impact of technology on the future of high education. His educational exploration partners have included faculty and researchers from well-known universities, and lone teachers in small town classrooms. Some of them are even still talking to him. Dave’s keynotes in the last couple of years have centred around how coming to know is a messy, imprecise process at once intensely individual and necessarily embedded in a community – Rhizomatic Learning. You can follow him on twitter @davecormier or follow his thoughts at

Recommended Reading

  1. If you’re new to Twitter, Intro. To Twitter. Also check out: Howard Rheingold, “Net Smart: Introduction”
  2. Tressie McMillan-Cottom, “Outgrowing your Social Media”
  3. Audrey Watters, “The Web We Need to Give Students”
  4. Bonnie Stewart, “In Public: The Shifting Consequences of Twitter Scholarship”
  5. Jesse Stommel, “Twitter and the Locus of Research”
  6. Dave Cormier, “Content is a Print Concept”