Auraria Library Partners with DPL 2020

Digital Pedagogy Lab 2020 will bring over 200 educators from around the globe to Denver, Colorado next July. The event will take place on the historic Auraria Campus, just steps away from the thriving downtown area of Denver. Auraria is home to three institutions—CU Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Community College of Denver—making it one of the most unique, diverse, and inclusive educational campuses in the United States. Participants will not only have easy access to all the good food and fun LoDo (lower downtown) is known for, but will also get to witness the one-of-a-kind urban campus Auraria has always been.

While the School of Education and Human Development at CU Denver is the event’s primary partner, the Auraria Library has also stepped forward to support the gathering. The  Auraria Library serves the campus’ over 45,000 students, including many first-generation, underrepresented, and non-traditional students, and sees more than 750,000 visits a year. Serving a campus as diverse as Auraria can be demanding, but Cinthya Ippoliti, the Library’s director, and her staff are up to the challenge.

We strive to create a welcoming environment that fosters equity, diversity, and inclusion and nurtures creativity and learning. We are deeply committed to ensuring equitable access to knowledge and information from diverse perspectives for everyone as we build a shared vision that challenges existing notions of the Library and sparks discovery and curiosity about the world around us.

Auraria Library has recently undergone a stunning renovation, making the space a truly productive, creative, collaborative location for students and educators alike. The Library provides a wide range of places to study including group study rooms, outdoor courtyards, study alcoves, and the Deep Quiet Study Room.

Digital Pedagogy Lab has always welcomed librarians as part of our gathering of educators. We know that critical digital pedagogy is as important to Library practice as it is to classroom practice, and this year we want to honor our librarians with two courses specifically designed to support their work. (Of course, we believe all our courses would be beneficial for librarians and the important work libraries do!)

  • Information Literacy: Team-taught by a group of Library faculty and staff, this course focuses on modern information literacy applied in digital and tactile environments; and centers on supporting diversity and inclusion by incorporating lived experience and thoughtfully approaching individual needs.
  • Maker Literacy: What does creativity, critical thinking, innovation, play, vulnerability, and collaboration look like in an equitable makerspace? What counts as making and who decides in the art of making? This course will explore these questions and more.

Digital Pedagogy Lab is very grateful for the support offered by Auraria Library for our DPL 2020 event. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Auraria Campus next year!

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