Announcing the Digital Pedagogy Lab 2017 Fellows

Since its inception, Digital Pedagogy Lab has offered a small number of fellowships to help educators attend the annual Institute. Each year, the number of fellowships has grown. In 2017, we are sponsoring seven fellowships for participants coming from around the globe. This year, each DPL Fellow will offer a workshop as part of their participation in the event, and these workshops will form a cornerstone of the conversations that take place at the Institutes in Vancouver and Fredericksburg.

Fellowships are a vital part of the Digital Pedagogy Lab experience, offering perspectives and voices that may not otherwise find a spotlight. Fellowships are made possible by sponsoring institutions and individuals who want to support a dynamic, diverse community at the Institute. For more information on how you can contribute, see our call for sponsors.

We are very pleased to introduce the Digital Pedagogy Lab 2017 Fellows:

Penny Andrews
DPL Vancouver

Penny Andrews is a doctoral candidate in the Information School at the University of Sheffield and would call herself a polymath if that did not imply more objective levels of success at her endeavours. She is an athlete, activist and artist, with interests in infrastructure, platforms, social media, social history, ethnography, class, worker sport, the future of work and Open Access to research. Her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4, 6 Music and the World Service. Penny has produced artworks based on intersections of disability/class/gender/sport and the recent history of the UK Labour Party, and has published on participatory design, disability and library spaces and autism and higher education.

Penny will facilitate “Teaching Critical Data”, a workshop focused on critical approaches to data science and visualisation for learners who come from all over the globe and from very different cultural backgrounds.

Winoka Begay
DPL Vancouver

Winoka Begay is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies program at the University of New Mexico with a graduate minor in museum studies. Her focuses are Indigenous education, Indigenous identity development, postcolonial and tribal critical race theory, and museum interpretation. Of Diné (Navajo) heritage, Winoka Begay was born and raised on the Navajo reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico. Most of her work is directed toward young Indigenous people, as a means of helping them develop their own voice within their community, to establish a space for artistic and personal expression, and to inspire the youth to take action in their communities—whether that is through activism, policymaking, self- expression, or creating new learning opportunities for future generations.

Winoka will lead “Digital Storytelling: Identity through Media,” a workshop focused on how digital media is used for counter-storytelling.

Britni Brown O’Donnell
DPL Fredericksburg

Britni Brown O’Donnell is an Instructional Design and Technology student at Virginia Tech, intending to graduate as an Education Specialist in May 2017. Her background is in animal and poultry sciences. Since switching fields, she has become an avid pedagogy enthusiast whose academic and scholarly interests include practicing critical instructional design, and understanding and applying concepts of personal epistemology. Her educational concerns are with putting power in the hands of the learners, developing a more critical and questioning society, and situating learning in rich contextual environments.

Britni will offer “Narratives in Science,” a workshop that will look at science not as a concentration of facts, but of stories.

Leonardo Flores
DPL Vancouver

Leonardo Flores is an Interim Director and Full Professor of English at the University of Puerto Rico: Mayagüez Campus and Vice President of the Electronic Literature Organization. He was the 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholar in Digital Culture at the University of Bergen in Norway. His research areas are electronic literature and its preservation via criticism, documentation, and digital archives. He is the creator of a scholarly blogging project titled I ♥ E-Poetry and co-editor of the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3.

Leonardo will lead “Making Twitter Bots for Digital and Cultural Literacy,” a hands-on workshop where participants will create Twitter bots based on historical and/or literary figures, texts, archives, and other cultural heritage collections.

Patricia Matthew
DPL Fredericksburg

Patricia Matthew is an associate professor of English at Montclair State University. She is writing a book about representations of the body and the discourse of disease and illness in Romantic-era fiction. She is the co-editor of a special issue for Romantic Pedagogy Commons (“Novel Prospects: Teaching Romantic-Era Fiction”) and has published essays and reviews in Women’s Writing, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, and the Keats-Shelley Journal.  She is also the editor of Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and has published essays and books reviews on diversity in higher education in PMLA, The ADE Bulletin, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, The New Inquiry and The Atlantic. Her work on diversity has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed, and her  essays on race and gender in popular culture have been noted by The Atlantic, Guernica, and Harvard’s Neiman Lab.

Patricia will facilitate “#BlackLivesMatter: Writing about Race and Gender,” a workshop focused on how we search through critical questions of race and gender in our teaching and scholarship.

Sherri Spelic
DPL Vancouver

Sherri Spelic grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, studied in Providence, RI and migrated to Vienna, Austria which has become home after 30 years. As a physical educator, leadership coach, blogger and publisher she dedicates increasing amounts of time to observing and making sense of movement – in bodies, in relationships, in texts, in the atmosphere. Her personal blog, edifiedlistener includes reflections on teaching, coaching and the world in general. 2016 marked the launch of her online publication Identity, Education and Power which features writing from various authors offering insights on the intersections of those three themes.

Sherri will offer “Games, Rules, Power and Play,” a hands-on workshop that will inspect the idea of play through games and physical activity. All bodies will be welcome and accommodated.

Ashleigh Wade
DPL Fredericksburg

Ashleigh Greene Wade is a PhD candidate in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Situated within the fields of digital humanities, Black girlhood studies, and media studies, Wade’s primary research seeks to understand technology practices among Black girls. She is particularly interested in how Black girls contribute to cultural discourses on race, gender, and sexuality through intersections of visuality and spatiality within cell-phone generated photography and film.

Ashleigh will lead “Decolonizing Rigor in the Classroom,” a workshop focused on the ways multimedia approaches can support student agency.

We hope you will join Penny, Sherri, Winoka, and Leo in Vancouver, or Tricia, Ashleigh, and Britni in Fredericksburg. Our seats are filling fast, so register today for the Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute of your choice.

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