Introduction to Critical Digital Pedagogy

This 4-day course will offer an introduction to Critical Digital Pedagogy—though we will likely generate complex questions more than clear answers. While this course works to review “the basics”, it is by no means designed only for beginners. We’ll start from (or return to) fundamental issues: How does the first thing we do in a classroom, the first words of our syllabus, the landing page of our course sites, shape the learning environment we’ll work within? Where does the work of pedagogy, the work of teaching and learning, to quote bell hooks, “most deeply and intimately begin”? How can we create more (and more varied) points of entry in our courses, programs, learning environments? How can we empower students and grant them more agency in the unique space of a classroom?

Participants will discuss, challenge, and experiment with various technological tools from the chalkboard to moveable chairs, networks, computers, mobile devices, social media platforms, and learning management systems. We 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 course is ideal for new and experienced teachers alike, working in any delivery mode. Participants should bring an interest in exploring various approaches to hybrid learning and reimagining the strategies they use when teaching.


Chris Friend
Chris Friend is Assistant Professor of English at Saint Leo University, and the Director of Hybrid Pedagogy.
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