Critical Digital Pedagogy

In Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire identified critical pedagogy as an approach to teaching and social change that fosters in students the ability to “read their world” in order to develop a sense of their own agency. Critical pedagogy asserts that learning is a matter of engaging in a process of becoming conscious. But above all else, critical pedagogy is a humanizing approach to teaching and learning.

This online course is an exploration of the intersections between critical and digital pedagogies. In this intensive, one-week course, we will explore the tenets of the growing field of critical digital pedagogy and uncover, invent, innovate, and collaborate to apply our theories and approaches with regards to: technology critique, connected learning, open digital pedagogy, culture in the classroom, and more. Topics include learner (and teacher) agency, ungrading and rubrics, social justice and equity, social media, privacy, and data, and global perspectives on digital learning. While the course will be held online, we hope to gather both online and on-ground teachers into conversation.

Participants will work on an individual or collaborative project during the week, one which best reflects their exploration of critical digital pedagogy and which has some direct application to their work.


Jesse Stommel
Jesse Stommel is co-founder of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Hybrid Pedagogy: an open-access journal of learning, teaching, and technology.
Sean Michael Morris
Sean Michael Morris is the director of Digital Pedagogy Lab and Senior Instructor in Learning Design and Technology at the University of Colorado Denver.
Amy Collier
Dr. Amy Collier is the Associate Provost for Digital Learning at Middlebury College.
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