Announcing Two Digital Pedagogy Lab 2017 Institutes: DPL Responds to Executive Order

This year, Digital Pedagogy Lab will hold two Institutes: our regularly scheduled event at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, and a second event at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, BC.

As part of Digital Pedagogy Lab’s response to the Executive Order which established an immigration ban, we felt it was important to create an Institute where political borders would not prevent international educators from attending. As we wrote in our January 31 announcement:

Effectively, Donald Trump has expressed in policy a xenophobic conviction that, whether or not the executive order is overturned, will have lasting effect on the national psyche, and on our Muslim colleagues, neighbors, and friends, both here and abroad.

Digital Pedagogy Lab was built on radical openness. As we prepare for our 2017 Institute, the actions and intentions of the White House have prompted us to reconsider the logistics of the Institute this year.

This announcement, and the subsequent coverage by Inside Higher Ed, was followed by an outpouring of support for the decision, and by several offers from institutions around the world to act as hosts for a second Institute.

We are pleased to announce that, in addition to our event at University of Mary Washington, Digital Pedagogy Lab will lead a summer Institute on the Richmond campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) on July 28-30. The event is sponsored by KPU and two neighboring institutions, University of the Fraser Valley and Thompson Rivers University. More information for the event can be found on the DPL-Vancouver event page.

Shifting to accommodate two events has changed the nature of our original Institute at the University of Mary Washington. Here is a quick breakdown of what the two events will look like now:

Digital Pedagogy Lab Fredericksburg

University of Mary Washington
August 7-11, 2017

Keynote speakers

  • Sara Goldrick-Rab
  • Adeline Koh
  • Maha Bali and Chris Gilliard


  • Intro to Critical Digital Pedagogy with Jesse Stommel and Chris Friend
  • Design Thinking with Amy Collier and Amy Slay
  • Networked Learning and Intercultural Collaboration with Maha Bali and Kate Bowles
  • Domain of One’s Own with Martha Burtis

Pre-Register for DPL-Fredericksburg

Digital Pedagogy Lab Vancouver

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
July 28-30, 2017

Keynote speakers

  • Rusul Alrubail
  • Jesse Stommel


  • Digital Literacies with Bonnie Stewart
  • Writing about Teaching with Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris
  • Open Pedagogy and Social Justice with Robin DeRosa and Rajiv Jhangiani

Pre-Register for DPL-Vancouver

Registration for both the Institute at University of Mary Washington and DPL-Vancouver will open on February 28, 2017. Sign up below for registration reminders and other news as we build toward both events.

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