Net Smart: a #digped Discussion

Howard Rheingold’s recent book, Net Smart: How To Thrive Online (MIT Press), feels almost custom-written for discussion on Hybrid Pedagogy. The book is not aimed exclusively for pedagogical application but addresses a method many of us are using in teaching and learning — a new digital epistemology. It “strives for a balanced approach that is neither a techno-utopian sales pitch nor a neo-Luddite moral panic.” Sounds like hybridity to us!

Hybrid Pedagogy will be hosting a Twitter discussion group on Rheingold’s book in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. Start by reading the introduction and join us on Twitter for a conversation about its implications next Friday, May 4 from 12:30pm-1:30pm EST (9:30am-10:30am PST) under the hashtag #DigPed. Net Smart’s introductory chapter is free for PDF download on MIT’s site for the book; however, since we hope to continue our discussion over the next few weeks, we encourage you to get the whole book. If you aren’t able to join us at 12:30pm EST on May 4, feel free to jump into the discussion asynchronously anytime on or around that day. We will conclude by capturing the content of the discussion via Storify a few days after the event.

Rheingold argues that our digital practices have the ability to become vapid or illuminating. He gestures toward a practice of digital mindfulness that is refreshing and responsible. He writes, “Today’s digital literacies can make the difference between being empowered or manipulated, serene or frenetic . . . digital literacy is something powerful we can learn as well as exercise for ourselves and each other.” Join us to set the introduction of Rheingold’s book within a digital pedagogical framework. Help shape our discussion by putting some preliminary thoughts or questions in the comments. Hope to see you on May 4!

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