DPL 2018: A Letter from the Director

Digital Pedagogy Lab 2018 is fast approaching. The event begins in six weeks (the countdown on our front page tells me so!), and I’ve been working with our faculty, the amazing staff at DTLT, and our fellows and workshop leaders to help make this year the best Lab yet. We’re offering a total of thirteen courses across the five days, featuring twelve faculty (our largest group so far), seven amazing fellows, and two keynotes worth standing in line for.

Our current schedule for the Lab is online. And don’t miss our Workshops page, featuring workshops by this year’s fellows and more.

Already, over 150 folks are registered to attend. Joining us this year are:

  • Attendees from South Africa, South America, Canada, Europe, and the UK;
  • Groups from eight institutions, including Middlebury College, University of Colorado at Denver, Virginia Tech, Central New Mexico Community College, University of Alabama, Muhlenberg College, and more;
  • More than 20 faculty from University of Mary Washington;
  • and K12 educators from across North America.

As well, in keeping with our quest for openness and accessibility, over 30% of those attending are joining us on scholarship, fellowship, or their registration is free thanks to individual donations or those made by our own DPL teachers.

Digital Pedagogy Lab pursues a commitment to education through pedagogy and outreach. We advocate for students and teachers, the proliferation of voices across education, and the ongoing investigation and creative implementation of critical and digital pedagogies. Our events bring together a widely dispersed community invested in and passionate about teaching, learning, and social justice against a backdrop of digital and educational technology.

With 150+ people attending from around the world, DPL 2018 will be a rumpus of creative energy, insightful collaboration, and mad genius.

Storymaking at the Lab

Cuban-American anthropologist Ruth Behar writes, “One thing remains constant about our humanity—that we must never stop trying to tell stories of who we think we are. Equally, we must never stop wanting to listen to each other’s stories.”

And so I’m very pleased to announce a special project taking place at this year’s Digital Pedagogy Lab. With help from Lora Taub-Pervizpour of Muhlenberg College, Martha Burtis of the UMW Digital Knowledge Center, Jess Reingold of DTLT, and others, we will offer several different opportunities to tell your story, reflect on your teaching and learning, or send messages out to the critical pedagogy community.

Lora told me once that there is a need to document this community, the effort it is making, how it is thinking about education and learning in new ways, in progressive ways, in revolutionary ways. Critical pedagogy is a project located in and concerned with history—our historical moment, our agency as historical subjects—and it is only in conversation with each other that we begin to fully understand that historical moment and ourselves as makers of that history.

I’m excited that this year, everyone who attends will become part of the story of critical digital pedagogy and Digital Pedagogy Lab. (Don’t want your photo taken, or your story recorded? No problem! We’ll have special “no photo please” stickers you can put on your name badge to ensure your privacy.)

Leadership Lunch

Along with the dizzying array of courses and workshops, and the storymaking project, this year we’ve also added a Leadership Lunch. Held in the Maple Room next door to the cafeteria where we normally take our lunches, the Leadership Lunch will be open to anyone—seriously, anyone—who either occupies a leadership position in digital learning and teaching, or who considers themselves or hopes to be an influential voice at their institution, or in the wider community. The lunch will include a small bit of informal programming, and the opportunity to meet and collaborate with educators, technologists, and others who are making waves and pushing boundaries.

It’s my belief that the Lab must be a place where a cacophony of voices can be heard, where an upsurge of questioning and critique is the mode of the day. And to make this happen, no door is left unopened.

I look forward to seeing you at Digital Pedagogy Lab this summer. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at dpl@umw.edu.

Haven't Registered Yet? There's Still Time!


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Sean Michael Morris

Among with Digital Pedagogy Lab

Sean Michael Morris is the Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab and senior instructor of Learning Design and Technology at the University of Colorado Denver.

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