Announcing the Digital Pedagogy Lab 2017 Institute Tracks

As the Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute enters its third year, we cannot help but wonder what our country — and the state of learning, teaching, and technology — will look like when next we all come together August 7-11, 2017. How should a community of digital pedagogues, hybrid learners and teachers, instructional designers, and administrators respond to threats of the new administration? Will net neutrality survive the year? Will Twitter be a space for activism still? What effect will isolationism, ableism, racism, homophobia, and misogyny have on already surveilled marginalized populations? We’ve always said that the Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute should feel like a summer camp — a retreat into a community of like-minded educational activists; this year, a gathering of our community may prove more important than ever.

For that reason, we have tailored this year’s six tracks around issues pertaining to social justice, identity, and activism. While some of these tracks may feel familiar, our hope is that the discussions they generate will take us farther yet than previous years. We encourage you to consider each of the tracks below as you await the opening of registration (coming next week). Each track is open to people of all backgrounds and skill levels.

Introduction to Critical Digital Pedagogy

Chris Friend and Jesse Stommel, instructors

This track will offer an introduction to Critical Digital Pedagogy—though we will likely generate more questions than pat answers. 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. Read More

Networked Learning and Intercultural Collaboration

Maha Bali, instructor

This track is about relationships, professional and social, and how we can learn with and through others different from ourselves online. Participants will explore the nature of digital networks with a focus on intercultural and global collaboration, and will consider how networks are both responding to and creating digital culture. The track is suited for professionals, researchers, students, and teachers who are interested in developing and sustaining local/global learning networks, including those actively involved in network-centered activism. Read More

Design Thinking

Amy Collier and Amy Slay, instructors

This track will be a practicum that explores how design thinking intersects with the praxis of Critical Digital Pedagogy. Design thinking, a means of understanding challenges deeply and contextually before jumping to solutions, can ignite creativity and inspiration in teaching by encouraging teachers to re-imagine their classrooms, both digital and on-ground. Design Thinking is ideal for anyone who teaches in an online, hybrid, or on-ground environment, instructional designers, or academic technologists involved in online learning. Read More

Writing about Teaching

Sean Michael Morris and Kate Bowles, instructors

This track offers participants a deep immersion in the act of narrative writing as it relates to our teaching lives. Practice will focus on conceptualising, drafting, editing, sharing and reflecting: a critical pedagogy of digital narrative practice. Ideal for those who blog, those who work with student blogging, those who write about their teaching as scholarship, those who have an interest in non-traditional and narrative research, alt-ac professionals, feminists and activists of all stripes. Read More

Open Pedagogy and Social Justice

Robin DeRosa and Rajiv Jhangiani, instructors

This track will explore the relationships among the “open” movements, institutional change, and social action, especially where these meet in spaces of digital and educational technologies. Educators who are either just getting started with open education or who are already invested, as well as those looking to shift their pedagogies to more fully embrace the affordances of open licensing and digital technologies should consider this track. Read More

Domain of One’s Own

Martha Burtis, instructor

This track will look at the principles behind giving students domains that allow for creative and scholarly expression, research, writing, reflection, and curation. Each participant in the track will be given a domain of their own (with hosting) and workshop time to practice with it. This track is ideal for anyone who would like to bring a more playful, experimental approach to digital teaching and learning, and is especially suited for those whose institutions support a Domain of One’s Own project already. Read More

Fellowship Applications Are Due!

If you haven’t already, consider applying for a Digital Pedagogy Lab fellowship. See the call for applications here. The application deadline is January 25, 2017, so apply today.

We hope to see you in Fredericksburg, VA this August, come hell or high water. 

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